The last and final show of this year’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 season in Paris succeeded all of our expectations. The magnificent Pierpaolo Piccioli had the honors to close the season with a whimsical show that left everyone breathless. This Italian genius doesn’t always opt for maximalism, but when he does it’s done on a completely new level. If you expected to see a Valentino couture runway filled with glamorous but classy silhouettes, get ready to see things taking a whole U-turn.
For makeup junkies, the beauty industry is at its best now. Years ago the drugstore was a sad place while the high-end products were appealing only to a limited audience who was able to afford it. On the other hand, the industry was catering only to a few types of customers. While we still have issues with inclusivity in the world of beauty, we sure don’t have a lack of any kind of beauty brands from celebrity-owned, designer to indie and drugstore ones. This and last year many celebrities launched their own labels that turned into million dollar businesses in a matter of days or months. Since everyone is launching their own beauty brand, it was about the time for the beloved Italian fashion house Valentino to expand into the world of beauty.
Valentino is an established brand that doesn’t want to take any chances with its latest venture. The luxury label decided to join forces with the beauty authority L’Oréal to create a new beauty line that will carry Valentino’s name.
“Valentino and L’Oréal have signed a worldwide long-term license agreement for the creation, development, and distribution of fine fragrances and luxury beauty under the Valentino brand,” says the joint press release of the brands.
The goal of this partnership is to bring Valentino to an even wider audience with the help of L’Oréal’s expertise in the beauty industry. This is a win-win deal for both brands as Valentino will get a chance to offer more to its customers while L’Oréal will get a great name in their brand portfolio and might become the world leader in perfumes. So far, Spain’s Puig was making Valentino’s perfumes. The license with Puig is expected to expire at the end of 2018. L’Oréal is competing with the U.S. cosmetics group Coty which is the current leader in the perfume market having licenses for luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, and Gucci. Besides perfumes, Valentino will work on a cosmetics line together with L’Oréal. The French brand has an impressive experience in producing luxury beauty products. The company already makes cosmetics products and perfumes for Armani and Saint Laurent as well as its label Lancome.
Valentino and L’Oréal haven’t revealed more details on the products they are planning to develop and launch. Their contract will become effective from 2019. If anything, Valentino will for sure come up with a gorgeous design for the packaging that will reflect the brand’s chic feminine aesthetic.
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Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino stayed true to his tradition to show the pre-collections in New York. But this time his mind was back home in Rome. The designer unveiled the Valentino Resort 2019 collection, another vibrant lineup for the brand. Last year, Piccioli presented a bright ’80s hip-hop-inspired collection with major athleisure moments. For the Valentino Resort 2019 collection, the designer took cues from the streets of Rome. He infused the new lineup with strong ’70s vibes using the Rome’s street style as a starting point.
“Baroque, Pasolini, angels, pagans‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Üin all these layers together lies the beauty of Roma. There is a harmony of many things,’ the designer explained.
Maybe it was the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ theme that got Pierpaolo Piccioli so nostalgic about his native Rome. The Valentino Resort 2019 is more sophisticated and bourgeois than the previous one, but both of them offered pieces that women will enjoy wearing. There is also a chic “Jackie O in Italy’ vibe throughout the lineup that makes things even more exciting. Pierpaolo Piccioli spiced up most of the looks from the campaign with headscarves and giant glasses, a nod to Jackie O. The campaign shots are also taken in Rome, but not the “postcard” Rome. Pierpaolo Piccioli wanted to capture the little corners of Rome that carry a special beauty just like the famous historical places in the city. The campaign shots are done in paparazzi style, something that is very popular among designers lately.
The Valentino Resort 2019 collection is based on street aesthetic, but the lineup also features the brand’s bespoke dresses. Besides the more casual styles that could easily go from day to night, there are a few showstoppers that are on the glamorous side. The two fully sequined frocks are a real feast for the eyes. Additionally, there is a dreamy pale blue maxi dress, a fit for modern-day Cinderellas.
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s take on logomania in the Valentino Resort 2019 collection is refreshing. Instead of just putting the brand’s logo on pieces, he used it as a print. The logo details gave the collection that chic contemporary vibe. Besides the millennial pieces with logo graphics, there are a number of elegant offerings for the ladies who dislike public displays of brand logos.
There are many directions one could take with the new Valentino offerings. From street to elegant and chic, the Valentino 2019 collection is designed to cater to women of many styles.
Pierpaolo Piccioli went in two different directions for Fall 2018. First, he kept Red Valentino’s playful aesthetics with striking prints and vivacious colors. On the other hand, it seemed that Valentino’s little sister Red Valentino is growing up. As Pierpaolo Piccioli explained, he wanted to make this label “less fragile’ in comparison with the previous collections. He achieved this goal by using heavy fabrics in military-inspired coats and jackets, thick denim jackets as well as glossy oversized puffers. Anyway, Red Valentino still feels fresh and youthful but part of it is a bit more polished.
One part of the collection has all the essentials young successful woman would need to go through her busy work week. Young ladies don’t limit themselves to office staples established 50 years ago. They redefine the rules and add a touch of their personality in everything they wear. The street has a high influence lately even on the work attire. Pierpaolo Piccioli offered an array of comfortable boots most of them in grunge style, so your feet can get some rest while you are conquering the world.
The second part of the collection has nothing to do with formality. This is the youthful Red Valentino we know. Pierpaolo Piccioli continued the sheer madness that’s all over the red carpet and the streets with see-through skirts, dresses, and tops. The designer cemented the status of PVC as high-fashion fabric with his plastic clear rain jackets. PVC is taking over the fashion scene in 2018 – count it as one of the biggest trends this year. Feel free to blur the lines between fashion and necessity and flaunt one even on a sunny day.
The slogans in the Red Valentino Fall 2018 collection were inspired by the Cold War cryptography: “M155 Y06,’ “F0RG37 M3 N07,’ and “L0V3 Y06.’ The fashion world is currently obsessed with logos and slogans (especially political ones). So, the timing for these coded messages was perfect. Instead of talking about the current political situation, like many designers did, Piccioli took us way back in time.
The pieces oscillated between vintage and modern. There were romantic color-blocking floral dresses that infused the collection with retro vibes. These polychromatic pieces are highly Intsgarammable, which is an important factor in the nowadays fashion. On the other hand, you could spot pieces such as glossy up-to-date puffer jacket and cool biker jacket that are in high-demand on the streets. These two worlds blended with one another in the Red Valentino Fall 2018 collection forming chic outfits that will instantly get your attention.
The latest Red Valentino collection has a variety, contrast, and optimism all in one place. It seems that you don’t need to look any further for fall 2018.
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“This is a moment about identity and heritage, and how it can be alive today,’ Pierpaolo Piccioli told Vogue in reference to his Pre-Fall 2018 collection for Valentino.
There is no doubt that logomania is in the fashion DNA of millennials. As a shaper of global fashion, Pierpaolo Piccioli sensed the hunger for logo-infused pieces and created a logo of his own. The letters VLTN appear on clothing items and accessories, adding a millennial touch to the pieces. Nowadays style icons like to show off – whether is parts of the body or brands’ logos they go to extremes. So, the recent VLTN logo upgrade arrived just in time.
The Valentino Pre-Fall 2018 collection is a fusion of throwbacks from the ’70s and ’80s from the brand’s archives. The collection felt personal and was going back to the roots of Valentino. Taking cues from Valentino Garavani’s 1968 tiger print, wave-like logo print from the ’70s and black and white stripe pattern from the ’80s, references to the past could be sensed all over the collection. You can’t miss the striking tiger graphics all over jackets, skirts, and jumpsuits. Pierpaolo Piccioli night-proved this motif by offering it in a sequined fabric.
Besides the bold tiger print, there was a show-stopping dragon graphic done in gold sequins.
The entire collection indicated party and having a good time. Pierpaolo Piccioli reinvented night elegance by pairing athleisure jackets and eveningwear. There is a current movement in fashion that goes in favor of women’s comfort. Wearing uncomfortable shoes and clothes in the name of fashion doesn’t resonate with young women anymore. That’s why you’d see less sky-high heels and uncomfortably tight eveningwear among designer offerings. The Valentino Pre-Fall 2018 collection offers multiple chic choices for the streets, restaurants, and clubs. In a few words, you are supposed to have fun in these clothes.
Pierpaolo Piccioli showed the Valentino Pre-Fall 2018 collection at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City. Next Wednesday, the Italian designer will present his men’s offerings with a show in Paris. His haute couture show in Paris is scheduled a week later.
The designer will have a busy fashion month as always. After that, he’ll probably need to focus on custom-made gowns for the Oscars red carpet. We have yet to see if the all-black dress code from the Golden Globes will last until early March for the Oscars. Anyway, one thing is for sure: Pierpaolo Piccioli has many exciting designs up his sleeve.
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Gigi Hadid is on a mission to keep her high score on the Highest Paid models’ list. She started off 2018 with an innovative campaign for the Italian fashion house Valentino. The young model looks almost unrecognizable in the brand’s Spring 2018 campaign.
The campaign features monochrome aesthetic with fire red designs and makeup. Gigi Hadid flaunts monochromatic vibrant red eye makeup and blush applied using the draping blush technique. Rihanna popularized this blush technique back in May with her 2017 Met Gala makeup look. Now Gigi Hadid is rocking makeup in similar aesthetic in the Spring 2018 campaign for Valentino. She is a real fashion chameleon, but we don’t see her with such a vibrant makeup very often. The entire campaign is much different from everything Gigi has done in the past. Considering her fashion influence most of the brands that tap Gigi usually opt for very commercial photos. This time Hadid is seen in an avant-garde campaign where you have to look closely to recognize her.
The model is posing with the Valentino‘s “Candy Stud” bag which is the centerpiece of the campaign. Candy Stud is a medium sized bag decorated with square 3D studs in two different sizes. The bag has a shiny red finish and is ready to make a statement just by itself. Besides this bag, the long asymmetric red silk dress stole the show. Valentino also published a video in which Gigi is dancing to show off the beauty and the unique tailoring of the design. She also appears in another shot wearing a romantic gown with bold green bow tie details and a matching green makeup. Besides Gigi, Valentino tapped top models Adut Akech, Felice Noordhoff, Oumie Jammeh and Rianne Van Rompaey to model the vibrant hued silk dresses that Pierpaolo Piccioli showed on his Paris show.
The campaign was shot by the photographer duo Inez and Vinoodh. The photographers virtuously captured Pierpaolo Piccioli’s distinctive tailoring and design aesthetic. The enormous red logo of the brand serves as a backdrop for the photos and the videos. The entire campaign is in an artistic mood. Many designers and brands decided to show art for Spring 2018. Besides Valentino, Dior and Gucci recently unveiled art-infused campaigns. We might be getting to a point where customers want a lot more than just ordinary commercials. Pierpaolo Piccioli himself doesn’t like the commercial side of the clothes. Fashion just like art is supposed to make you feel something. So, this artistic campaign is for all Valentino’s fans who wear his designs not only because they are designer.
Contemporary beauties @gigihadid, @auroratalaricoo, @riannevanrompaey, @adutakechofficial, @jammehoumie and @felicenova dance it off as they start the new year giving us positive vibes in the latest #ValentinoSS18 #AdvCampaign. Watch the full video. Location: Pier 59 Studio, New York Photographers: @inezandvinoodh Creative direction: #PierpaoloPiccioli
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It seems that lately fashion and women empowerment work very closely together. Many popular designers get inspired by the current situation and the movement for gender equality. Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli is one of those people who supported these actions way before the whole fuss started. His designs lately have been based on making women feel and look strong and empowered.
Pierpaolo found his inspiration for the Pre-Fall 2018 collection in the suffrage movement. During the presentation, he spoke about suffragettes, a women’s organization that dates from the late 19th and early 20th century. They fought for women’s rights and the power to speak up. Some of the ideas for dresses from the collection were borrowed from that time. The empowerment in fashion means confident cuts and silhouettes. But with Piccioli’s designs that is not the case this time. He transferred that motion through soft, romantic looks with a subtle, edgy vibe. The reference to that time is portrayed with a gorgeous maxi dress and an ivory long coat.
The three muses that affected his creative process were the British artist and botanist Mary Delany, scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian and Emmeline Pankhurst- a leader of the English suffragette movement. They were all powerful female activists at their time and became a big inspiration for the designer.
According to Red Valentino, plaid is once again going to be the trendiest fabric in 2018. This year every single fashion influencer flaunted checked pants, coats, and skirts. The plaid outwear was in the center of the fashion attention. Piccioli matched the power coats with feminine floral skirts, socks, and pumps to achieve balance. All of his looks involved statement accessories such as bags, belts, and chic shoes.
Red Valentino offered a diverse line of separates for next fall. Starting with chic mini skirts, shorts, statement sweaters, to gorgeous outwear, the brand has it all. The dresses range from long, glamorous, to mini flirty ones. That is the beauty of a powerful woman, her ability for transformation.
There is a dose of masculinity in the designs, especially the coats. There is a slight boyish charm paired with romantic accessories. The #MeToo action has made a huge impact on every sphere of our lives including fashion. Pierpaolo and his former creative partner Maria Grazia Chiuri strongly support feminism throughout their work and are among the loudest advocates for equality.
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“To see where you live everyday and what you already know with different eyes. That’s the approach: to make extraordinary what is ordinary,’ Pierpaolo Piccioli explained the idea behind his Spring 2018 collection for Valentino.
The nude plastic transparent jacket that opened the show was far from ordinary. The designer put together plastic and sequins which looked surprisingly good. Piccioli isn’t crazy about sci-fi. Anyway, he fell in love with the idea of the Renaissance poem The Frenzy of Orlando. The epic poem was brought to Pierpaolo Piccioli’s attention thanks to his oldest daughter who studies literature. When Orlando loses his mind for love, his best friend decides to go on the moon and find a solution for his sanity. So, Piccioli decided to use the moon as a parallel universe where you could escape.
Pierpaolo Piccioli looked back in the past for the Valentino Spring 2018 collection just like many designers did this season. Alessandro Michele at Gucci paid tribute to ’70s’ Elton John, Paco Rabanne brought back the ’80s’ disco aesthetic and so on. Pierpaolo Piccioli revived the ’80s glamour that Mr.Valentino did best. Valentino designed out-of-this-world couture ruffled dresses in the ’80s. So Piccioli translated Valentino’s idea of glamour into shortened and more wearable numbers. Ruffles were very present in Valentino Spring 2018 Collection. But the pieces were perfect for everyday glamour.
The eveningwear was in Valentino’s recognizable aesthetic. Pierpaolo Piccioli designed dresses in different styles. The plain gowns were simple but with interesting cuts. The embellished gowns amazed us with the intricate details.
Valentino’s girls are mostly elegant and feminine. Anyway, Pierpaolo Picciolli offered laid-back pieces as well. Even the most elegant ladies have days when they want to dress in comfortable clothes. Leather jackets, loose trousers, chic shorts and maxi dresses are just a few of the more casual spring offerings.
Valentino’s chic will have a lot of interesting fashion choices to make in Spring 2018. The sci-fi meets glamour Spring 2018 collection for Valentino offers a little bit of everything. The futuristic vibe was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. Pierpaolo Picciolli once again presented a massive collection full of breathtaking pieces. He evolved Mr. Valentino’s glamour and brought his idea of unordinary into the Spring 2018 collection. The pieces will make your regular day fantastic in fashion sense. And that was the designer’s main intention with the Valentino Spring 2018 collection.
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Pierpaolo Piccioli showed Valentino’s unconventional but at the same time mesmerizing Resort 2018 collection on May 24. Unlike the other luxury brands that took their Resort Collections to grandeur places (Dior at the Open Space Preserve at Calabasas, Louis Vuitton at a museum in Kyoto), Pierpaolo chose a downtown loft in New York. Considering that the whole collection is based on the street style of the Big Apple, the wonderful loft was a perfect match for his creations.
For Mr. Piccioli this was the first solo cruise collection for Valentino since his former partner Maria Grazia Chiuri left the fashion house. The designer got addicted to “The Get Down’ show on Netflix and got inspired by the streets and hip-hop. The athleisure style is making a big comeback on the fashion scene, and Valentino is just one more haute couture brand that brought it on the runway.
The colorful collection offered a very laid-back style, with many prominent colors. The erupting red, pastel pink, and baby pink gave the whole collection a very contemporary note. Valentino showed a line rich with dresses in many styles and colors. There were dresses with prints and embroidery, perfect for casual occasions. Others were elegant, pleated or made of lace. The tracksuits and the varsity jackets were on the sportier side. Valentino’s most popular dresses from this collection are going to be the simple, loose gowns made of intense pink velvet.
The wide range of jackets varied from oversized bombers to classic trench coats and loose blazers. All the looks were perfectly accessorized with earrings and small handbags in different colors.
The models walked the runway wearing furry flip-flops, flat slides, and interesting sneakers and boots. The outfit that drew a lot of attention was a combination of heeled sandals with white athletic socks in the spirit of the hip-hop style. And because denim is life, Pierpaolo included a pair of wide jeans, made of dark denim. Piccioli for sure made a very bold choice with the designs of this collection, but at the end, it turned into a great success.
Pierpaolo once again teamed up with the prominent British designer Zandra Rhodes, who created many prints for the dresses and jackets. This is one more legendary collaboration that will definitely be remembered. Among the celebrities that followed the show from the first rows were Christina Ricci, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Helena Christensen and Marisa Tomei.
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Ever since Pierpaolo Piccioli took over command of the creative scene at Valentino, the fashion radar has been irresistibly drawn to his undeniable talent, and of course, a whole lot of pink, Piccioli seems positively obsessed with this hue.
This spring, his solo act for Valentino has been all the rage and industry experts cannot help but be beguiled by his innovative approach towards setting trends. Piccioli has given Valentino a lovely flair for unpredictability, and with every collection, this Maison de la mode leaves us delighted and yearning for more.
It’s Piccioli’s first solo collection ever since his long-time creative partner, Maria Grazia Chiuri left to become the creative director at Dior, and for the very first time, we get to see his talent with a fierce independence.
And as soon as Noemie Abigail, the stunning show opener, walked down the glossy ramp at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris, flaunting a black and pink silhouette, with a glossy minaudiere clinging by the side of her delicate torso, we knew we weren’t going to be disappointed.
The very first element that caught our attention, and solemnly refused to let it go, was the glamorously discreet built-in lipstick holder peeping out from the clasp of the sparkly minaudiere, and that’s when we marvelled at the beauty of this innovative new idea funnelled in by Piccioli.
Even though that glamorous October evening has long faded into the past, these petit glamorous delights have emerged as the hottest trend on the fashion radar. They give us a fine specimen of Piccioli’s romantic yet incredibly functional approach towards couture. These sparkly delights are perfect for a stylish vanity and a glossy black tie statement.
You can sling them across your petite waist, throw it around your neck for a navel-grazing pendant, or carry it in your perfectly manicured fingers. They’re very light in weight, and the best part, which is literally going to make you flip over with delight, is that they also carry a double-sided mirror to help rescue your beauty statement every time you feel the need to touch up your highly pigmented pout. After all, applying those heavily matted liquid lipsticks is a tricky business that requires utmost percision!
With Valentino’s voguish new minaudiere, you can carry your very own stylish vanity box with a built-in mirror, and a stylish lipstick holder. Seriously, what else does a girl need? These enamelled metal bags are a like dream come true, and we can all bid good riddance to those awful black tie clutches that refuse to close up after stuffing in a lipstick or two.