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Paris Couture – Valentino SS 2018

18-01-2022   


Drawing the curtains to an obligatory ultra-glamorous close on Paris’s Haute Couture Fashion Week, Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli unveiled a spectacular collection at Valentino, consisting of fabulous floor-sweeping capes and opulent feathered hats.

Amid a time where extravagantly priced fashions can transpire as a somewhat obsolescent hypothesis, couture giant Valentino showcased a modern-day lesson in how to remain relevant, amalgamating artisanal practice with revolutionary ideas. The collection attained a beautiful balance that navigated back to the iconic times of bygone glamour, whilst simultaneously depicting the modern sartorial code of today.

The collection attained an array of beautifully executed looks, being too many to possibly take note of. The opening show ensemble was surely indicative of what Piccioli had in store for the rest of the collection – a chartreuse ruffle-hem opera coat, styled over a white silk vest and roomy tobacco trousers, accessorised with a show-stopping turquoise feathered hat.

Elsewhere among the couture offering – extravagant coats constructed entirely from a flurry of feathers, floor-sweeping capes, corset dresses outfitted in elaborate embellishments, and combinations of lavishly, decadent colourings were real talking points, including those of violet and pistachio or cerulean and tomato. Whilst the splendour of the titfers and grandiose gowns grabbed all manner of attention, the inclusion that arrived in the form of slightly more casual pieces suggested that this stunning sartorial showdown translated as being more current than costume.

Sumptuously soft cashmere, beautifully cut trenches and perfect silk shirtings were additionally included amid this ethereal collection. With an unparalleled paraded of undeniably awe-inspiring clothing that we could only fantasise of consuming, it has been proven once more that Valentino couture is the equivalent to Disneyworld, a universe where all your wishes come true.

Words by Kate Farley




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