Valentino: Ready-To-Wear AW22

Think pink! That was the message from Pierpaolo Piccioli who dedicated the majority of his show to a particularly vivid shade of fuchsia. He worked with Pantone to create Pink PP, and designed almost every look in the notice-me colour. He even painted his set in the shade. The writer Douglas Coupland penned an essay on the colour to accompany the invitation arguing that “Pink is intrinsically modern”.

For Piccioli, the colour has many sides — sexy, powerful, rebellious. In terms of fashion, it brought a whole new energy to the idea of monotone and put the focus firmly on silhouette, cut and texture. Here the designer — a master couturier — did not disappoint. The collection zinged with depth and joyous variety — there are options for everyone. From bubble hemmed minis to sequin jumpsuits, lean tunics, slouchy trousers suits (like to one worn by Zendaya who watched from the front row) and full-blown feather gowns.

About 40 looks in, the designer offered a palette cleanser with a section of all-black looks before returning to Pink PP for a glorious finale in which Kristen McMenamy gave a modelling masterclass as she flapped and twirled in her pink chiffon cape.

Photography courtesy of Valentino.

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