Spot The Trend: Pink Power At Valentino

FANTASY FASHION takes hold this season as PIERPAOLO PICCIOLI brings a sense of METAMORPHOSIS to VALENTINO 


Valentino SS17

Transformation is the name of the game in fashion, though sometimes the shifts are so subtle as to be near-invisible. Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli now leads the Italian house of Valentino alone, since Maria Grazia Chuiri departed mid-2016 for Dior. (Under their dual creative leadership, the Valentino label enjoyed a billion-dollar revival, with romantic, whimsical collections thrilling season after season for eight years.) For SS17, Piccioli serves up an all-pink collection, with looks that range in colour from blush to bright fuchsia, saying “I didn’t want it to be distant, but starting from the idea of metamorphosis.” In case you think fashion is the flakes, you should know the erudite Piccioli read Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses before he started out, which may have inspired the bright morphing trees, ostriches, jellyfish and birds on this sugar-pink jacket. If you’d rather read your myths than wear them, it won’t be for you. When you see the motifs appearing everywhere this spring, you’ll know it was PP who pressed the button.

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