Runway Report: Valentino FW18 Couture

In approaching this collection, Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli didn’t want to think about a theme, rather he wanted “to have a free approach with fabrics, embroideries, and colors. I wanted to go very instinctively,” he said.

The 63-look range was a stunning display of volume, proportion, patchwork, embroidery and texture. There was also an explosion of vibrant color in shades of blue, fuchsia, green and tangerine.

Citing inspiration from a number of sources that included Ziggy Stardust, Greek mythology and Baroque art, the designer’s ornate creations looked straight out of a dream.

Traditional capes were given an extravagant update while blouses were softly tied at the neck and showcased larger-than-life ruffled cuffs. There were romantic dresses and long pleated skirts, backless jumpsuits, and lamé jackets and tees. 

To say they saved the best for last certainly rings true for Piccioli as he closed out couture week with a show that won’t soon be forgotten.

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