Pierpaolo Piccioli’s latest haute couture collection for Valentino pays homage to the city of Venice, the Creative Director’s favorite city to look at for inspiration. The latest collection called Valentino Des Ateliers was presented at the Gaggiandre at the Arsenale in Venice, which is one of the largest production centers in the city.
Piccioli’s homage to the city of Venice was directly inspired by its cultural comeback and the world roaring back to life. Like the city of Venice, haute couture is an art form. Finding the balance between the two-dimensional world of art and painting, the three-dimensional world of fashion, and dressing the body with those both in mind all drove Piccioli’s artistic vision.
Over the last decade, Valentino has taken a more youthful turn, focusing on a younger, modern, and edgier audience. In line with that, Piccioli worked with several contemporary artists to create both individual and collaborative pieces for the collection. The artists, Joel S. Allen, Anastasia Bay, Benni Bosetto, Katrin Bremermann, Guglielmo Castelli, Maurizio Cilli, Danilo Correale, Luca Coser, Jamie Nares, Francis Offman, Andrea Respino, Wu Rui, Sofia Silva, Alessandro Teoldi, Patricia Treib, and Malte Zenses (and with inspiration from Kerstin Bratsch), built and nourished Valentino’s and Piccioli’s vision.
With pops of color and wearable designs, Piccioli has achieved that goal of finding a youthful audience over the last several seasons. This couture collection is in that same vein: he’s letting art and fashion meet to create unified yet exploratory looks. He’s not afraid to experiment (see the floating hats or hooded capes of this collection) or play with vibrant colors (see the bright yellows, greens, and magentas).
But haute couture is synonymous with taking everything to the next level and going beyond the expected. So Piccioli delivers. He includes grandiose ball gowns but takes them to the next level with vibrant colors and long, layered draping. The silhouettes range from full of movement to short and sculptural, all while remaining light.
While the pieces from various houses are of course very much uniquely their own, there are a few common threads throughout almost every single collection this season, with the main one being a focus on sustainability. Valentino’s haute couture collection is no different. As an homage to the city of Venice, it would be impossible not to note the importance of sustainability as the city is vulnerable to rising sea levels. As such, Valentino is adopting inclusive, sustainable, and responsible actions including streaming kits made from sustainably managed forest sources and plastic-free packaging at fashion shows.
Below, check out every look from the Valentino Fall/Winter 2021 Haute Couture Collection.
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