If anyone knows how to craft a hysteria-inducing ready-to-wear collection it’s Pierpaolo Piccioli. Valentino’s inimitable creative director has established himself as one of fashion’s foremost contemporary visionaries, bringing couture-level attention to detail to everyday dressing and crafting accessories that bring even the most seasoned style savant to their knees.
His mastery was on full display at the brand’s spring summer 2021 show, which debuted in Milan in September and is available to shop in-store as of tomorrow. In keeping with our current global status, the collection marked a more pared-down approach to dressing, including the introduction of a collaboration between Levis, a high-fashion take on their bootcut 517 shape. These were paired with a chunky new take on the iconic ‘Rockstud’, another new product in the Valentino repertoire.
Piccioli’s penchant for romanticism was evident in the billowy peasant blouses and crisp, cropped, oversized shirts in refreshing hues of strawberry and grape (just add the perfect pair of leather shorts). Elsewhere, jackets were made of stitched together lace flowers. Macrame and crochet appeared in woven leather tote bags, and soft leather flowers affixed chic ruby slingbacks.
Of course, it isn’t a Valentino show without exceptional gowns. The closing looks finished off the collection in style, floaty caftans and billowing, fluid gowns, some sheer and ruffled, others printed in vibrant floral prints. If anything can provide a much-needed dose of optimism (to say nothing of the perfect ensemble for post-lockdown socialising), it’s a new-season piece by Valentino. What else are you waiting for?