Valentino presented its Fall/Winter 2021 Haute Couture collection at a stunning location in Venice last night. The “Valentino Des Ateliers” collection designed by Pierpaolo Piccioli, was inspired by the worlds of fashion and art and also paid homage to the city of Venice, a favourite of the Creative Director.
The show took place in an old shipyard; the Arsenale which is now an exhibition space surrounded by water and archways which allow the light to flow through, giving way to the Haute Couture pieces.
Guests were asked to dress all in white as the collection brought colour to the venue.
Ahead of the show, the brand declared on their Instagram page “Fashion is linked to the body and to movement. Art, however, is completely free from constraint,” referencing the close link to art in this collection.
This collection was classic Valentino. jewelled toned voluptuous dresses, volumes of feathers, billowing materials and carefully constructed day wear all celebrated the best of Haute Couture.
The colour palette ranges from deep blue to rich red to fuchsia to sunshine yellow offering the much needed uplifting colour tones that we all need in our lives.
Menswear looks also debuted for the first time and this was highlighted by the introduction of the show by Canadian actor and close friend of the brand Daniel Levy. The men’s offering followed the same colour palette with the same elements of craftsmanship that could be seen in the women’s offering.
Piccioli worked very closely with artists whose works could be seen on some of the ball gowns and he also paid tribute to the artisans that worked on each piece as he always does, this time naming them in the show notes.
This collection as always was the result of hundreds of hours of work by dozens of the most skilled hands and the attention to detail could truly be seen through the beauty of these pieces.