Designers including Raf Simons, Clare Waight Keller, Giambattista Valli, Christian Louboutin, and Valentino Garavani himself were on hand to support Piccioli, and if the pre-show atmosphere was ripe with anticipation, Piccolo did not disappoint. The collection was indeed transportingly beautiful, a triumph of audacious color, flawless workmanship, and bravura statements for night leavened with glamorous and insouciant real-life propositions for day.
Many of the models’ eyes were framed in petals to transform them into flower fairies out of the 19th-century French artist J. J. Grandville or the 1960s makeup genius Pablo Manzoni, and the looks were each named for flowers. By the time Campbell sashayed through the salons of the palatial late-19th-century townhouse built for Salomon Mayer von Rothschild wearing Chocolate Dahlia of deepest brown translucent organza, hemmed with deep tiers of taffeta ruffles, the crowd was on its feet cheering this celebration of grace and beauty
By Melonie Wang