Runway Report: Valentino SS18 Couture

Pierpaolo Piccioli proves to be increasingly incorporating a semblance of modernity, utilitarianism into the House of Valentino, upon Maria Grazia Chiuri’s departure. Although this gradual shift has seemed to veer from the ultra-femme aesthetic, once occupying the House, Piccioli presented a feminine, candy-colored dream for Spring 2018 Couture, that remained true at the same moment to the new identity, identified by Piccioli himself, for the House.

The future of fashion- a topic amongst all in the industry, voiced by Piccioli through his conclusive collection. “That future arises from his past. The origins, the essence of couture, the ceremonies, the rituals, the process.”

Oversized ruffles, alongside billowing outerwear was featured heavily, in further defining the couture collection. Silhouettes remained modest and elongated. Relaxed coats played complimentary to sweeping capes. Tailored pieces abstracted oversized bows. Decadent color combinations of tomato, cerulean, violet and pistachio walked the collection. Through a continuous experimentation of proportions, Piccioli walked massive, feathered hats alongside each look.

Designed by milliner, Philip Treacy, the collection hats were ridiculous in their sensibility. Dyed feathers in a multitude of spring hues took the place of baker boy hats and commanded originality for Spring 2018.

Merging artisanal tradition in context of contemporary ideas, Pierpaolo Piccioli debuted a collection that looked to the past to inform the future, leaving a final semblance of archived glamour coinciding with representative modernity.

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Jennifer Paccione is a fashion editor who shares her time between New York City and Milan. She has been featured and published with respected magazines internationally in various languages. She currently acts as contributing editor for publications including Bulgari Magazine, The Fashionable Lampoon, Fashion to Max and RedMilk Magazine, whilst having contributed for NYLON and Editorialist. Alongside journalism, Jennifer freelances as a social media and digital marketing advisor, having already worked with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, among many. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferpaccione