After Emma Stone’s Golden Globe dress dazzled the red carpet and hit all the best-dressed lists around the world, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli had a lot to live up to for his pre-fall 2017 collection. Piccioli did not disappoint. Heading to New York which is known to be one of his favourite cities, he showcased a collection of free-spirited designs with models walking through the Gilded Age interiors of the newly refurbished Beekman Hotel.
It was Piccioli’s second solo show since Maria Grazia Chiuri broke up the duo’s 17-year partnership, leaving the Italian label for Dior and Piccioli proved this was a parting that had ended in success for both designers. Keeping very much in tune with the style the house of Valentino is so synonymous with, the collection revealed a whole host of delicate daytime looks followed by whimsical red carpet-worthy gowns. Needless to say every celebrity stylist worth their stars, will be in the process of trying to snap these up for the many award ceremonies taking place over the following months including the Oscars.
The story for the show was hope. Touching on the political climate currently surrounding America, Piccioli said in his show notes his purpose was, “An America everyone dreams of: hope in mind and on the body.” What followed was a kaleidoscope of winter blooms, ruffles and peter pan and pussy-bow collars, enhancing flowing chiffon dresses and dazzling embellishments covering floor sweeping gowns.
The collection very much encapsulated his inspirations gathered from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, “Evolution encourages optimism, which in turns fills itself with romanticism. The resilient spirit forges itself on the situations, following opportunities, sculpting and fortifying its identity” stated a recent press release from the house. Ending the show with Nina Simone’s iconic single Feeling Good, Piccioli heartened America and the world to the inevitable new dawn and new day that lies ahead in the coming weeks.