Valentino haute couture
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“Roma is the place where everything starts, the life, the people, our stories, and identities are here,” reads a note from Pierpaolo Piccioli, a note which accompanies an invitation to Valentino’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2022-2023 show which will take place on Friday, July 8, in Rome. “We belong to this place as much as this place belongs to the world and to Valentino.”

Join the Nettuno-born creative director as he premieres his highly anticipated couture collection, titled The Beginning, at the iconic Piazza di Spagna (the square at the bottom of the Spanish Steps) at 8pm CEST on Friday evening. For those linking in from Australia, your call time is Saturday, July 9, at 4am right here on If you wake a little later, you can still watch the full show here with GRAZIA’s contributing fashion editor Grace O’Neill taking you through the highlights.

“Piazza di Spagna is a symbol of art and history, but for all of us it is also our daily life, a working context, the subway stop, the lunch break, taxis, rain and sun, coffee,” Piccioli continues in a recent post to Instagram. “It is the natural extension of the Atelier, the stage of our stories, a vital environment that takes and gives back all of our energies and dreams. This is the Beginning, this is us.”

Watch The Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2022-2023 show, The Beginning, here on Friday July 8 CEST/ Saturday July 9 4am AEDT.

Ciao, for now.

P.S. Here is a photo of Valentino Garavani on the Spanish Steps in 1985.