‘’The great couturiers had no themes to follow. They created with freedom’’, said Pierpaolo Piccioli of his inspirations for the Valentino Haute Couture’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. ‘’In this collection, I tried to work on a couture of the unconscious…I wanted to underline the idea of uniqueness. On the other hand, as Carl Jung said: ‘Uniqueness is what makes all human beings identical’‘’.
Aligning with these ideas, the creations each seemed made for an entirely different wearer, but together they alluded to a particular diva-like glamour that dominated the ’70s and ’80s. There was plenty of obvious Old Hollywood inspiration, including elbow-length gloves, high necks and fishtail skirts on gowns, married with Piccioli’s signature voluminous shapes and bold colors. Then, there were the more of-the-moment embellishments, like nearly-sheer turtlenecks and oversize bows, which added an element of play to the elegance.