Fashion is a barometer for change, often reflected with sartorial immediacy on the runway by fashion houses that are in a constant state of renewal. None more so than at Valentino, where creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli debuted his first solo collection during Spring 2017 fashion week in a rapture of elegant, billowy dresses. The show was Piccioli’s first endeavour without his long-term collaborator and co-creative Maria Grazia Chiuri, who left the house for a position at Christian Dior.
While the Valentino brand DNA evolved for Spring 2017, the solo creative director explored his passion for Renaissance art, in the form of illustrated prints deftly accessorised with long-chain lipstick boxes. The brand’s signature intricate embroidery was in full flow, etched onto transparent fabric (a look we expect to see explored in thick materials for Piccioli’s interpretation of a Valentino winter). Appealing to the global citizen, these threads would suit both dinner in Beirut or soirées on the Upper East Side. For his first foray into Valentino’s fall offering, Piccioli’s wintry collection can be live-streamed via Vogue Arabia. If you can’t hop on a flight to NYC to make the 1:00 a.m. (UAE time) unveiling of the collection at The Beekman, do so from the comfort of your home.