If you asked me who's job was harder, Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino or Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior, I would definitely say Piccioli's. When news broke out earlier this year that the design duo was parting ways, I was honestly quite shocked and worried about the future of Valentino (no I'm not being dramatic ok!?). Were the fairy-tale dresses going to disappear? Will the beautiful embroidery no longer flow through the collections? Because to be frank, I've always seen the two as one, assuming that their minds could only function with each other.
But (fortunately) I was wrong! Not only did Piccioli's solo debut for the house meet and exceed expectations, but he also took risks and evolved the Valentino woman into a new era - evolution pulsed through the entire SS17 Show.
Embracing new beginnings and demanding intentional forgetfulness, the collection takes a stroll through The Garden of Earthly Delights, the Middle Ages, and the colors of the Renaissance. The result: a fantastic opening of hues of pink, embroidered poetry of the stories of life, and quintessentially Valentino gowns paired with subtly sultry daywear classics.
I think Look 1 is a pretty accurate representation of just how classically beautiful yet contemporary punk the whole collection is. The pink and black contrast! The material! The details! The broken heart! Honestly how stunning is this?
A new chapter for Piccioli also means a new signature bag for Valentino. Perhaps a perfume bottle-sized wallet on a chain? Pretty as they may be, I do wonder what's intended to fit inside these bags...
If you thought story-telling pieces were missing, look no further than the prints created in collaboration with British designer Zandra Rhodes.
Just as you thought this was just another Valentino show (pre-Piccioli era), bamf comes a fully embellished floor-length dress with what I believe are swords(?). Somehow this feels so romantic.
How can it be a Valentino show without some nice lace and silk? These two looks are on point. Perhaps the lace one isn't totally practical, but the blush bronze one on the right is absolutely wearable.
Watch the whole Valentino SS17 Show below:
All images courtesy of Valentino.