In The Eye of the Tiger: Valentino Spring 2018 Menswear

Since making his solo debut as the creative director of Valentino in October 2016 Pierpaolo Piccioli has just made amazing waves. He has thrived. Each collection seems to entrance me more than the last. I watched this collection come down the runways of the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in real time thanks to the power of a live stream, and for the ten minute duration of the show I was captivated. The classic Rocky theme, and Survivor song, “Eye of the Tiger” wasn’t on the soundtrack of the show but it should have. The collection was an ode to 80’s style with mixes of preppy, street, and punk styles. Typically a Valentino menswear show is very cut and dry classics elevated with embroideries and print, but this collection evoked more than that for me. It really showed a new point of view. It wasn’t the same styles as always with this season’s motif. I sometimes feel that is the way menswear goes. The shapes of the cuts are very similar every season, but that is because we don’t push the boundaries on shape and cut for menswear. I wont say that I like to push the boundaries on shape myself. I love bold color, prints, embroidery, sequins, and crystals but I prefer cuts to be very classic most of the time. As I watched each look came down the runway I was keeping track of all of the pieces that I wanted to see magically appear in my closet, and It was honestly every single pieces. I was texting with a few of my other friends who were also watching the show and at the end of it I just sent. Every. Single. Piece. This collection is probably my favorite from all of the Fall 2018 Menswear shows so far. It gave all of those classic shapes with the new motifs, but not in a mundane manner. It was hard to pick one thing that if the Valentino team called me and asked what they could send me I would probably pick the grey cable knit coat which features a bold tiger embroidered from shoulder to hem. I LOVE a good coat (I personally own 16) and this is a really good coat. There were a few great jackets and suits that I think could make for red carpet moments, and as per usual Valentino had a star studded front row. Dave Franco, Stranger Things star Joe Keery, and Mark Ruffalo all took in the collection. I definitely could see any of them incorporating pieces from this collection into their red carpet and personal wardrobes. Other guys who I think could bring pieces of this collection to life on the red carpet include Tom Holland, The Weekend, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Eddie Redmayne, Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Rodriguez, Robert Pattinson, Lucky Blue Smith, Ansel Elgort, and Luke Evans.If you didn’t watch the livestream of the show I implore you to take the 10 minuites out of your day and watch it and appreciate all of the subtle details that really made this whole collection perfection.


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