At Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli Puts the Couture Back in Paris Haute Couture Week
After a week-long marathon of sequins, feathers and enough tulle to outfit a small country, Valentino closed out Paris Couture Week with a clean, expertly executed collection that felt both intimate and not unlike a group meditation session. This season marked Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first couture showing since the departure of longtime design partner Maria Chiuri Grazia, who showed her own couture vision at Dior earlier in the week. For his debut, Picciolo turned to the notion of Greek myths as his starting point, ultimately sending out a new class of goddesses. Pleated gowns, pared with flat sandals, flowing hair and natural makeup, were a focal point of the collection and done in a slew of muted hues: cream, sage, blush, et al. The real star came via the craftsmanship and extreme detailing–a lavender gown done entirely in tiny feathers was a prime example–bringing the true nature of couture back to Paris Couture Week.