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 Pierpaolo Piccioli nurses a fantasy of a world where people live unbound by borders, free to express themselves,  says BoF s Tim Blanks, in his review of Valentino s #HauteCouture show. One of Piccioli s  inspirations for this Utopia is Irving Penn s  Worlds in a Small Room,  the photographer s 1974 celebration of cultural diversity.  It s not about a geographical situation but about humans. And haute couture is a lot about the human too,  the designer reflected before his show on Wednesday.

Piccioli s imagined Utopia may be untrammelled idealism, but his insistence on diversity and inclusivity has brought couture down to earth at the same time as he has sent it soaring to heaven. There was a strong sense of that fantasy/reality spectrum in his new collection: capes of imaginary landscapes gorgeously collaged from velvet, taffeta and lamé shared the runway with the relative restraint of a pink cashmere coat over citron wool pants. Lauren Hutton, icon of 1970s Americana, modelled a parka and a simple shift tied at the waist. Adut Akech, the Sudanese-born model who is the new face of Valentino, closed the show swathed in a massive nimbus of purple organza. Radically different worlds, but united by Piccioli. His notes referred to  the opulence of diversity.  His show brought that idea to extraordinarily vivid life. Read the full review at businessoffashion.com [Link in bio]  : @indigital.tv #Valentino
Pierpaolo Piccioli nurses a fantasy of a world where people live unbound by borders, free to express themselves, says BoF s Tim Blanks, in his review of Valentino s #HauteCouture show. One of Piccioli s inspirations for this Utopia is Irving Penn s Worlds in a Small Room, the photographer s 1974 celebration of cultural diversity. It s not about a geographical situation but about humans. And haute couture is a lot about the human too, the designer reflected before his show on Wednesday. Piccioli s imagined Utopia may be untrammelled idealism, but his insistence on diversity and inclusivity has brought couture down to earth at the same time as he has sent it soaring to heaven. There was a strong sense of that fantasy/reality spectrum in his new collection: capes of imaginary landscapes gorgeously collaged from velvet, taffeta and lamé shared the runway with the relative restraint of a pink cashmere coat over citron wool pants. Lauren Hutton, icon of 1970s Americana, modelled a parka and a simple shift tied at the waist. Adut Akech, the Sudanese-born model who is the new face of Valentino, closed the show swathed in a massive nimbus of purple organza. Radically different worlds, but united by Piccioli. His notes referred to the opulence of diversity. His show brought that idea to extraordinarily vivid life. Read the full review at businessoffashion.com [Link in bio] : @indigital.tv #Valentino

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