Thursday, 26 January 2017

VALENTINO | Pierpaolo Piccioli solo

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This collection unlike other couture presentations didn't make me dream and go off into LaLa land.  In the past Valentino couture often turned out to be synonymous with elaborate froufrou serving to define "a dream" as something that commercially divides the very rich from the rest of us. This collection although intricately stunning plainly reminded me of the first blouses I created. Sheer, vertical grills, nude based colours and completely fantastical.


Pierpaolo Piccioli spoke about dreaming in a different sense, as fittings were going on at the house. "Dreams make us human; they go down to who each of us are, in ourselves," he said. That thought had led him back to Greek myths and legends, "because they were the beginning of naming human feelings."

 

Those impulses had a liberating effect on Piccioli’s collection. Where there had previously been precious Renaissance virgin princesses, now there were young goddesses wearing flowing pleated gowns, statuesque floor-length tabards, cloaks, and Greek sandals. It was a change in the silhouette, a shift toward purity and simplicity, and with the long chiffon scarves trailing out behind as the models walked, the dresses were astoundingly beautiful in motion.

 

Will this new look of Piccioli’s be enough to reset women’s dreams about eveningwear? Yes indeed.


There is a homage to dignified long silhouette, covered up yet wholly unrestricted, is certain to have a magnetic attraction for grown-ups—and for anyone of any age who rejects the conventions of sexy dressing. 


A stylist dream for the clients attending the Oscars and the Met Ball. TH