Pierpaolo Piccoli’s autumn/winter 19 collection was one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season and it didn’t disappoint. Inspired by love, Valentino’s latest ready-to-wear offering was a truly emotional one fully changed with love and romance.
Before the presentation Valentino had been teasing the show’s theme on its social media accounts with the tagline #ValentinoOnLove. On the back wall of the show space at Hôtel national des Invalides in Paris read the quote “the people you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive”.
Throughout the collection were two key prints. The first was a design of The Kiss an iconic 1882 marble sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The second was a rose – a flower that too symbolises love.
The presentation started with daywear – knitted cardigans, longline jumpers, oversized coats, mostly featuring The Kiss sculpture motif and worn with bucket hats. Colours began quite neutral but there were flashes of orange, yellow, green and fuchsia, including the classic pink and red pairing that has become a Valentino statement. A vibrant orange coat featuring feathers and a white trousers suit was two of our personal favourites.
Then came part two. Floor length dresses were covered in striking geometric pints. Evening dresses featured bow neck ties – the bow had become a true statement of this season. Words of love poems were stitched into dresses.
When the daywear was done it was time for the evening gowns – something Piccoli does so well. Long modest dresses were simple and elegant in true Valentino style. Some off the shoulder, some with long sleeved and many embellished with sequin butterflies or the same iconic print of The Kiss. Ruffles that moved with drama and full Tulle necklines and dresses added a finishing touch.
The show finale was truly emotional as dramatic piano music played out over the speakers and models lined up underneath the romantic quote. By the time Piccoli did his lap of the runway the whole crowd was on its feet. There was truly a lot of love in the room.