Given the Omicron wave ripping through Europe, Pierpaolo Piccioli invited only six dozen people to his Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture show for Valentino, which took place in the intimate atmosphere of the house’s gilded salons on the Place Vendôme.
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“Anatomy of couture”, title of the collection, was a celebration of the body, the body in all its diversity, promoting an idea of beauty that is not absolute.
“When you do couture, you have the house model. And you apply the body of the house model to 50 or 60 models on the runway. I wanted to break these rules and embrace the idea of different proportions of body, different sizes, different ages. But it was impossible to do this with just one house model. So, I broke the rules and got 10 house models in with differently proportioned bodies”, he explained to Vogue. Before continuing, “I wanted to delve into the idea that beauty has nothing to do with the models; beauty is about humanity. I like variety”.
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