Pierpaolo Piccioli took a break from his oft-travails deep into the annals of human history to find his inspiration for the Valentino Spring 18 Couture collection, and looked no further than the future of haute couture. The shapes, the palettes, the cuts, the techniques – he wanted all of it from his team, and he celebrated the work they did together by naming each piece after one of them.
And in Piccioli’s eyes the future of couture goes beyond gowns to the relaxed-meets-artsy wear of a ruffled mustard yellow cape over a tank and loose trousers, slinky silken cowl neck tops over smooth long skirts, or be still my heart – slim fit glitter pants with a sheer collaret top with metallic florals and a shimmer duster jacket. Um, yes. All of this. His vision was amplified by a palette of bold, clashing colors, with large bows, and some major ruffle action fit for couture. And then there’s the major wow moments of the Philip Treacy feather hats that you might have noticed. Woo, those will draw some eyes, girl.
The collection definitely had a laid back vibe even in the gowns, with a deep plunge halter island vibe floral print in sea foam and white. Or the black velvet off-the-shoulder gathered waist gown (we’ve been seeing across the runways) with bead embroidered lilies. It’s all absolutely stunning, but unfettered at the same time.