For Spring/Summer 2021, Pierpaolo Piccioli decamped from the ornate Parisian fabulousness of the Salomon de Rothschild salons for the powerful industrial rawness of Fonderie Macchi, presenting his Valentino collection for the first time here in Milan.
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This season, the designer is set on further injecting his own personal point of view to render Valentino more in sync with the times and more inclusive, while maintaining the brand’s codes.
Romanticism was actually much on his mind while working on the collection. And his mind, romanticism was synonymous with ‘’individualism, freedom of expression, diversity. This romanticism is not about being pretty but it’s an approach to life, it’s individual, emotional and not objective’’.
Lace, macramé, crochet, and embroideries were among the textural couture accents reworked here with a crafty, more palpable ‘human’ touch. Both the women’s and men’s lines shared shapes, volumes, and fabrics; the same wardrobe staples – blouses, short-suits, and blazers – were often proposed in identical versions for both genders. ‘’I want Valentino to be more inclusive, there are no frontiers, gender or sex’’. Piccioli said.
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