Runway Report: Valentino SS19

Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to serve us a healthy dose of escapism and we ate it up. He chose to bring that fantasy home, and touch on the fact that we should be present, in the here and now. “There were reasons why artistic people went off to places – so they could live their identities,” he said. “Today, everyone is talking about escapism. But I don’t believe in that—l think everyone should just live their identities in the city, or wherever they are.” How poignant.

If living vicariously through his clothing has anything to do with it, then consider us completely and utterly distracted. A dreamy cascade of couture came gliding down the runway in equal parts monochrome, equal parts print. A striped, shiny lame floor-length dress with cinched in waist gave us technicolor feels, while the sheer, eau de nil, shimmering tiered mini dress with Victoriana neckline and cuffs had us dreaming of fairy tales. Accessories were not to be missed during the reprieve-like show; straw hats with feather detailing transported us to the beach, while Carrie Bradshaw style shoes had us feeling like princesses.

Amongst the noise and busy-body-ness of fashion month, a chance to escape is always welcome. We thank you for the daydream, Pierpaolo Piccioli

About the Author

Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji