Valentino's new collection reflects the mood the world is currently in
Well, it's safe to say that there was an overpowering sense of emotion running through our veins after witnessing Valentino's latest spectacle for Fall/Winter '21. Ending Milan Fashion Week on a high note, Pierpaolo Piccioli took over the empty spaces of Milan's historic Piccolo Teatro – with hopes of sharing that it's the cultural activities that have been missed rather than the country's infamous cuisine of pizza and pasta – and articulated a show that was a visually-pleasing experience, one that was layered with emotion and elegance.
Setting the tone to accompany the darkness of the auditorium was singer Cosima and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, whose remarkable notes left us feeling transported. As models walked down the theatre aisles, we noticed that Piccioli's mindset had shifted away from the usual fluorescent colour expressions and instead, crafted a collection that consisted of a monochrome palette with only a small hint of colour (and by colour, we mean gold).
It was an autumnal range that perhaps, reflected the mood the world is currently in due to the pandemic. Piccioli envisioned a Fall/Winter '21 collection filled with shorter hems offering a sense of sensuality, delicate evening dresses completely in sheer, feathers, lace or sequins, and military-inspired capes, jackets and coats.
The co-ed collection also featured some beautiful detailing including exaggerated collars, high-collared turtlenecks, neckties and nets remained a recurring theme.
A very wearable collection in our opinion, Valentino's new Act collection was sharp, sophisticated and striking – a range that carries the identity of the Maison's iconic codes, but reflected in a new generation.
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