Valentino debuts its new Haute Couture collection in New York City

Valentino debuts its new Haute Couture collection in New York City

Dreaming of white...

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Yesterday evening at 8:00pm, New York City was host to Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's first-ever Valentino show in the Big Apple – presenting to the industry the Italian fashion house's couture core

With designers, actors and Valentino's top international clients from around the world sitting front and centre – Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli knew they had to hit this Haute Couture collection "out of the park". 

As a special one-off couture event created just for New York City, the collection was created in celebration of Valentino's new Fifth Avenue flagship, and paid homage to Valentino Garavani's memorable 1978 white collection. 

"It's really a big chance for us because it's so famous, the white collection, that to do something at the same level is not so easy," explained Chiuri. Valentino also note that with "white – if you do something wrong, if it's not perfectly made, it's a disaster," as he spoke backstage at the show to WWD.

Re-connecting the luxury house's roots with New York, the Italian design duo were inspired by the American city and Jackie Kennedy, a true New Yorker and Valentino client. As models strode out onto the catwalk looking like Italian angels descending from the skies, workmanship and neo-retro silhouettes were the first few things you noticed. Delicate tulle blouses and dresses with intricate lace detailing were paired with short, white go-go boots while organza gowns had micro leather flowers embroidered on them.

Channeling Mrs. Kennedy and her signature looks, Chiuri and Piccioli created modern-day ensembles with the former First Lady in mind, such as a cream turtle-neck worn over a long white dress with horizontal ribbing – just one of the ethereal beauties that we are sure would have Jackie's seal of approval.