Runway Report: Valentino Couture Fall 2017

Pierpaolo Piccioli took us to church with his Fall 2017 Couture collection for Valentino. The Vatican inspired assemblage was filled with basilica mosaic references, shapes that resemble robes of cardinals, and of course, hooded capes.  The resulting reaction from the front row was one of curiosity, mystique, and, well, worship.  How could you not be blown away with the magnificence of the skill and originality behind Piccioli’s astonishing creations?

Yes, there were the somewhat expected combinations of textures like cotton and lace or velvet and chiffon, and glittering pleats – but then he embroidered mink with feathers and up the daywear game with precise layering and humble yet striking tunics. And there was no restraint in his use of color – berry and plum, mint and lime green, fuchsia and off-white – it was regal and demure, but appropriately stimulating and impactful at the same time.  

It’s interesting how much of his couture pieces were in fact daywear; this new trend in couture signals the arrival of nouveau street – modest and original, painstakingly constructed pieces made for the office or the park. It’s a whole new era of extreme fashion – collections which are still astronomically priced, now seem more approachable and wearable than ever before.  

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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on