The Drama of a Genius: Valentino Fall 2018 Couture

The master did it again. I have said it since his solo debut at Valentino back in September of 2016 that Pierpaolo Piccioli is one of the greatest minds in fashion today. I have said that I can see how, before she left Valentino for Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri held Pierpaolo and the brand back. Yes they became a favorite all the way around from the red carpet to the sidewalks, but the creativity that Pierpaolo has shown since taking the reigns solo have made my heart soar. This season he gave us a mash up on inspirations that should never have worked when written down on paper. A mash-up of Greek mythology, 17th- and 18th-century painting, the films of Pasolini and the photographs of Deborah Turbeville, medieval armor, and Ziggy Stardust all featured on the designers mood board this season. It really is a crazy mix of ideas, but it totally worked. It was the definition of couture. While we tend to see ready-to-wear as ‘trendy’ and I think that couture is supposed to be less ‘trendy’ and more timeless and I feel that is what we are seeing from this collection. Yes there were some very 80’s references to styles, color, and volume in this collection (and the 80’s are very much en vogue right now,) but I feel like when you break down the oversized bouffants, live floral headpieces, and strip down the styling the pieces in this collection are perfect for any incredibly rich woman to incorporate into her wardrobe.I am still shocked that several of my favorite pieces from the Valentino Spring 2018 Couture collection have not been worn on the red carpet, despite being super wearable. This collection is more avant garde and I wonder what pieces will be snatched up for the red carpet. There are a lot of great moments from this collection, but it is going to take women with a lot of presence to really make them come to life on the red carpet. The Valentino woman has a lot of drama and glamour and owns whatever room that she walks into and I really do believe that the women bellow have the chops to really make this collection come to life. Other stars who I think have the chops to make this collection come to life include Gwyneth Paltrow, Gal Gadot, Elle Fanning, Solange Knowles, Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan, Amanda Seyfried, Angelina Jolie, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Evan Rachel Wood, Margot Robbie, Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyong’o, Emilia Clarke, Karen Gillan, Kate Hudson, Lorde, Lily James, Sarah Paulson, Vanessa Kirby, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Kerry Washington, Mandy Moore, Meghan Markle, Katherine Waterston, Brie Larson, and more.

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