"People are ready for fresh bold ideas; and even the most conservative of us can already feel the winds of change," said Pierpaolo Piccioli in an interview with Buro, not long after his much anticipated spring 2017 collection cemented his position as Valentino's leading man. Without the comfort of Maria Grazia Chiuri — a friend, design partner and collaborator — by his side, Piccioli has proven his weight in gold. Or, a melange of seamlessly patchworked Renaissance-inspired lace and velvet as far as spring goes.

His clothes are still ethereal, and they're still gut-wrenchingly beautiful. But now the well-travelled Valentino girl has a heightened sense of humour — and she's a lot cheekier than you think. With the winds of change taking Piccioli to the Big Apple and out of their home turf for his first pre-fall 2017 fashion show, watch the magic unfold live below for a whiff of the weightless spirit he's single-handedly brought to Valentino. One as uplifting as the diaphanous dresses that define the house's core. 

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