Pierpaolo Piccioli’s tenure at Valentino has earned him the admiration of an endless cohort of fashion obsessives. Among them? The celebrated Australian stylist Marina Didovich. Here, exclusively for GRAZIA, Didovich unveils her favourite pieces from the Valentino ACT collection, which hits boutiques this month.
Among the many standout looks from the Valentino ACT collection were a bevy of mini dresses, which perfectly balanced the brand’s hyper elegant MO while still feeling modern and fresh. How do they do it? By blending the elements. Take this day dress: the plastron embroidered lace collar gives classic Victoriana, but the slashed mini hemline balances out the seriousness. Add a top-handle tote from the brand’s iconic Roman Stud collection, and you’re day-to-night sorted.
The simplest way to elevate a statement blouse—like this preppy embellished cotton creation from FW ’21—is to nail your proportions. Cinch it at the waist then add a shorter hemline, like this hyper-feminine micro skirt. Finish off the look with Valentino Garavani’s super-chic knee-length Atelier rubber boots—they’re covered with 3-D printed rose petals—and the super versatile, new-season Stud Sign shoulder bag. C’est magnifique.
No-one does evening wear quite like Pierpaolo. This willowing tulle gown with delicate lace overlays is the ultimate traffic-stopper. We suggest channeling the ‘punk’ spirit Pierpaolo evoked with his FW ’21 collection by switching out your usual slingback sandals for chunky boots. Couture goes casual.
This sheer, lace-embellished pussy-bow blouse is quintessential Piccioli, evoking the unapologetic glamour of couture with the casual, everyday wearability of a work shirt. Add a figure-hugging micro-mini in monochrome black, and finish the look with an ever-classic Rockstud Alcove Top Handle bag.
Valentino’s flirty crepe mini dress ascends to new heights when paired with bright white accessories. Valentino Garavani’s white, petal-embellished Atelier rubber boots add an unexpected ‘punk’ factor, while the brand’s delicate Rockstud Alcove Clutch bag—finished with a dainty gold chain, and the signature stud motif—offers a final dash of polish.
Shop the new season and check on the availability of your favourites at either Sydney Westfield or Melbourne Chadstone. Alternatively, you can book an appointment to see the full FW21-22 offering in store. Call Sydney at (61) 02 8404 0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and Melbourne at (61) 03 9568 7559 or email email@example.com.
A creative collaboration with GRAZIA x Marina Didovich for Maison Valentino.
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Contributing Editor: Grace O’Neill
Photographer: Steven Chee
Stylist & Creative Direction: Marina Didovich
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Stylist Assistant: Emily Gibb
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