Valentino Fall 2020 - Runway Review
March 1, 2020
Following an incredible couture show that overflowed with breathtaking volumes, Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered a sleeker, leaner Valentino collection that exemplified his penchant for experimentation. To wit, much of his halo-like ethos was subverted by a moodier, more aggressive drama akin to the work of Helmut Newton. Often, the design was overt: leather corsetry and curvy dresses worn with second-skin turtleneck were just two of the sensuous looks. Kinky elements aside, there was plenty of play on shape. Slouchy trouser suits worn with sheer tees, strategically placed cuts in outerwear and dresses and a coat, shown unbelted, with two long pleats.
For evening, see-through black mesh gowns were a turn-on, while split-leg bustier gowns showed plenty of skin. Ever beautiful were the Renaissance-style capes, including a cape-like top in blue sequins worn over trousers. As for accessories, Piccioli introduced Valentino Garavani Atelier bags, their leather sewn like bonded cashmere and adorned with simple flowers and bows.