Valentino Spring/Summer 2017

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Everyone can breathe a collective sigh of relief after Pierpaolo Piccioli made his solo debut for Valentino yesterday—the dreamlike romance lives on! The exquisitely executed historical references, which delve way beyond the 20th century modern-art references to which most designers cling, were not lost now that it’s a one-man show. The collection  referenced Medieval art, in particular Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. So yes, there were still plenty of the impossibly rich looking gowns, like a red-pleated number worn with gold dagger earrings, a pink embroidered bell-sleeve gown, and a number of the beautiful sheer, delicate tulle numbers with beading that have become a signature of the house. What was new were the daywear looks. Beyond the gowns fit for a castle were a couple of pairs of pants, a white button-down shirt, a leather jacket, and a pink coat with velvet details. These were, of course, meant to attract new customers or give existing clientele a few new options, but it’s the fairytale gowns chez Valentino that will always leaving us swooning.

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