It would seem that the Valentino woman has evolved pass traditional labels, embracing inclusivity and individuality in keeping with the times.

 

What comes to mind at the word “romanticism”? Flowers and blush tones, feminine fabrics and rippling gowns? For Pierpaolo Piccoli, it’s all of the above yet something else altogether.

“I think that is a real strength today, to be able to be fierce, to be strong and gentle at the same time, not to be aggressive but to be assertive. I started this collection with this idea of romanticism as a strength and not as a fragility,” he elaborates on his perception of the term.

And so Valentino’s Fall 2018 collection was one that exudes romance in bold juxtaposition of orthodox attributes and modern-day interpretations. There was emphasis on floral prints, but in the form of oversized blossoms rather than delicate rosettes. The colour palette had a fair share of pastels, but there were solid reds, blues and greens interspersed with monochromatic as well as multi-coloured designs too.

Long, flowy dresses signalled the theme and the house’s signature style of minimalism, while scalloped or ruffled edges and draped layers presented welcome twists. There were also tailored jackets worn over tunics and pants, reflecting the same elegance with a touch of audacity. Accessories included silk headscarves, bold cat-eye sunglasses and handbags in a variety of styles, shapes and colours.

If you ask us, Piccoli’s definition of romanticism resonates with a wider audience today than the traditional sense of the word. It would seem that the Valentino woman has evolved pass traditional labels, embracing inclusivity and individuality in keeping with the times.

See the collection below (swipe left for more).

Images: Courtesy of Valentino