The Elegant Drapery of Valentino for Fall 2018 at PFW

How do you dress a flower? That must have been the question on Valentino’s creative designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, as he pondered the concept for his heroic Fall 2018 collection.

Showed during Paris Fashion Week, Valentino went for elegant drapery over his feminine muse, and wrapped her like a newly crowned prima donna.

The looks from the collection were draped from head to toe in flowing gowns, some with lots of scalloped hemlines. Pierpaolo then chose to use color, particularly red and white, to communicate the passion and desire that belie the serene and at times quite regal looks. And, he used lots of solid colors.

Standing out even further were the monochromatic white and black full length gowns, which seemed to hacken to a more conservative era, particularly borrowing from the era of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice of shoulderless full length gowns, as well as the maxies and boubous of the seventies.

It’s all elegance re-imagined for the 21st century, in Valentino’s Fall 2018 collection.

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Prodigious and prolific was how Vogue described the 84-outfit Pre-Fall 2016 collection from the Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Thematically global, with inspiration from the East and West, the designers said their influence was the Italian Designer Elio Fiorucci, who passed in 2015.


Describing Fiorucci as both “local and global,” the designers borrowed his 80s-era flashy-disco style. However, the influence on the collection from ancient Japan and China, is undeniable. An example is a maxi-style light blue dress that conjures images of the sea as depicted in ancient Japanese art. Another, is the cut of several of the pieces, which mimic garments of the Samurai, and also the imperial courts of China.



In addition, a curious influence also emerges from an ethnic-western-film perspective, more likely to found in northern Mexico; which marries the visuals of the cowboy and the Aztecs.



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