Valentino Haute Couture Fall Winter 2019-2020 Paris Fashion Week. Pierpaolo Piccioli, artistic director of Maison Valentino, shows “eccentric” aristocrat looks, made up of friges, plumes, sequins, flowers, flounces and bows.
Curious yet sumptuous headpieces, as coming from a far and mysterious world, add to the fable narrated ethnical reminiscences. Extravaganza and opulence are the main characters of Valentino’s myth, the only and unique goddess who can help us being ourselves.
“The only way to make couture alive today is to embrace different women’s identities and cultures,” Pierpaolo Piccioli said in a studio preview. There was handwork to make the jaw drop, such as on a long dress with floral appliqués so painstaking to render they required 990 woman hours, or a sleeveless gown made of rose gauze squares attached together one by one over the course of 2,010 hours. “It’s not engineered by computer,” Piccioli said, “you can feel the humanity in it.”
And to add a bot of love to this amazing designer and his another outstanding collection : “We know that behind every image revealed there is another image more faithful to reality, and in the back of that image there is another, and yet another behind the last one, and so on, up to the true image of that absolute, mysterious reality that no one will ever see.”
Michelangelo Antonioni. One of the quotations Pierpaolo Piccioli relates to this collection and his spirit of mind.