Pierpaolo Piccioli showed his menswear Fall/Winter 2019 collection for Valentino during Paris Fashion Week.
‘’I’m not going to say that streetwear is over, and I don’t think anyone wants to renounce their sneakers’’, said Piccioli, adding that he wanted to rethink the suit, move away from the stiff Nineties aesthetic, and pivot toward something more modern, free and fluid. ‘’I wanted to take another look at the values of tailoring, and do something more relaxed, effortless, a suit you can wear all week and on the weekends, if you want’’, he said backstage after the show.
He said he’d been looking at the fluidity of Italian tailoring in the 1980s – there was a Herb Ritts photo of a louchely relaxed Valentino suit on the moodboard – but the learning he took from that was thinking how to integrate sportswear into it. ‘’To me, Valentino is a couture house, but to be relevant today, it has to be more inclusive and open to new opportunities. That’s my idea, always’’.