Valentino has been at the front of the fashion curve since it’s international debut collection in 1962.
The resort collections as of late has taken the fashion glitterati everywhere from Calabasas, CA at Dior to Koko, Japan at Louis Vuitton. For resort 2018, Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to hold the show in New York City. It was befitting seeing as he looked to America for inspiration for his latest collection. One of his major influences was the Netflix show The Get Down. A chronicle about kids growing up in New York City in the 1970’s, who stumble upon the burgeoning hip hop revolution.
The hip hop revolution was evident in Valentino’s take on the tracksuit. Done in hammered silk, these aren’t the tracksuits of yesteryear. Some even featured a super flared leg, and others took on dress form. The velour material in which most track suits are made were used in the form of an evening gown. The wild and vivid colors are a staple for the Italian label, who never shies away from using colorful lace for dresses or in this case putting flower motifs on a yellow jacket. The aforementioned track suits were done tastefully in teal with either a green or white stripe along the length of the leg.
The Valentino way has been it’s meticulous attention to detail. The intricate embroidery that graces the dresses and even his former partner’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is now at Dior, dresses are unargueably couture-like. Fur also made it’s way into the collection with some looks featuring floor-sweeping chubby fur coats. There were even fur bags which definitely challenge the notion that fur should only be worn during the winter months. There were many doubters of Piccioli over whether or not he could continue to churn out successful collections, given the departure of his longtime partner Maria Grazia Chiuri. This showcase proved that Pierpaolo Piccioli is here to stay.
Written by Dominique Bedell