Valentino: Ready-To-Wear SS23

How would Pierpaolo Piccioli follow last season’s PP viral pink moment, when the Valentino world suddenly turned a startling shade of fuchsia? The answer was with logo mania. The house has only recently won a copyright battle and celebrated by splashing the ‘V’ monogram over everything from bags to flowing capes to tights and shoes. It was a head-to-toe approach. Even the models’ faces were artfully painted with the Valentino Toile Iconographe by Pat McGrath.

The other big theme of the collection was nudes. The designer puts inclusivity at the core of his work and he deftly played with a multitude of chic skin-toned looks that ran from ivory to black with many shades in between. Silhouettes were simple, pared down and fluid, either very short or long. Nothing was overwrought. A simple, pale flesh-coloured vest was paired with a yellow fishtail evening skirt to stunning effect.

The looks had a sumptuous sense of minimalism thanks to the beautiful fabrics and perfection of cut. Even the fully sequinned exits felt uncomplicated yet impactful. Many had fluttering capes attached, which only added to the sense of flowing, breezy elegance and movement. V impressive.

Photography courtesy of Valentino.

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