Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2018

Pierpaolo Piccioli this year presented an exquisite collection of the highest craftsmanship, unforgettably saturated, and voluminous silhouettes.

The designer said that for him “couture involves a deeper and more intimate perspective, going further into your own vision of beauty.” And that was exactly what he did, his vision had elements from Greek mythology, 17th- and 18th-century paintings, the films of Pasolini and the photographs of Deborah Turbeville. It was exuberantly gorgeous!

I have to give a separate mention to the color combinations of each outfit. This collection had very memorable colors like gold, strawberry, almond, pistachio, turquoise, tangerine, lemon.

The dress that had me in owe was the evening gown composed of multiple brocades, rhinestones, sequins, pearls, and vivid textural embroideries. It was described by Piccioli as “Renaissance meets Versailles meets the ’60s whatever”.

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Another showstopper was a red strapless gown (signature Valentino) sculpted from a scuba jersey; an emerald and mauve column in crepe intarsia depicting an entwined Daphne and Apollo cut like a long T-shirt and cinched at the waist by a drawstring.

I want to give a personal thanks to the designer for showing us what a true couture collection looks like.

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