The parade Valentino Haute Couture spring summer 2021 is one of the most anticipated events on the official Paris Haute Couture calendar. The creative director of the maison, Pierpaolo Piccioli, for the second consecutive season, has chosen to present the new collection in Rome, with a digital format, parading without an audience in the heart of Palazzo Colonna.
The show, titled Code Temporal, is staged on the soundtrack composed by Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack, in the Great Hall of Column Gallery, a jewel of the Roman Baroque which houses many works including the masterpieces of Guercino and Tintoretto.
The models, led by the Italian Mariacarla Boscono, they walk one after the other through the space filled with art jewels, presenting the looks of the collection as majestic creations erected on glittering pedestals. For the first time, on the catwalk with the Valentino Haute Couture show, the maison also presents a series of men’s outfits that speak the same language as the women’s collection: for silhouettes, colors and workmanship.
The press release released by the maison talks about rituals, process, and the timeless values of Haute Couture. Rituals that skip the human: the mind that thinks, the hand that executes and ennobles the matter through a process that is abstracted from time by producing timeless objects, molded on the person. Time as a code and value, to be reset and reprogrammed in today’s Haute Couture that updates classical rituals and processes in garments designed to express themselves and to be, each as they want. Women and men alike in a wardrobe that designs and opens up possibilities.
The show is the mouthpiece of a new wardrobe that alternates outfits composed of a layering of functional and fluid pieces such as jackets, turtlenecks, blouses and trousers, a silhouette with a more conceptual design including sculptural flared dresses, origami outerwear and pieces with very generous volumes. The colors of the collection they dialogue the classic shades of whites, beiges and browns, in opposition to hyper modern colors such as bright greens, neon orange that replaces the classic Valentino red, as well as touches of fuchsia, yellow, gold and silver.
We also find metallic flashes in make-up and in Haute Couture accessories: maxi pouch bag entirely decorated with crystals, masculine lace-ups and platform sandals with an extreme design that literally put every look on a pedestal.
The show ends with the models that take possession in the space of Galleria Colonna, arranged neatly on the geometric designs of the colored marble floor, symbolically joining the precious collection of works of art kept in the Roman palace.
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