Valentino Menswear Spring Summer 2024

Valentino Menswear Spring Summer 2024 “Redefining Masculinity with Elegance and Fragility”. Story by RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Valentino/SGP Italia.

In a world where definitions of masculinity are being reexamined and cultural shifts demand a new perspective, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli presents a groundbreaking collection for Valentino menswear Spring/Summer 2024. With the Narratives collection, Piccioli challenges the conventional notions of men’s lives, their clothing, and the essence of modern masculinity.

The paradoxes embedded in this contemporary incarnation are striking. Fragility is discovered within strength, gentleness holds immense power, and imperfection is hailed as perfection. The collection pays homage to tradition, anchored in the rules of tailoring and the timeless masculine wardrobe. It’s a nod to Valentino Garavani’s groundbreaking first menswear show in 1985, which set the stage for the brand’s enduring influence on men’s fashion.

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By working within these established traditions, Piccioli bravely questions conventions from within. He breaks the rules and sparks change. Transformed contexts can shift perceptions, and so the traditional symbols of power and success found in tailored garments become expressions of individuality for a new generation. Sartorial blazers and coats are paired with brief shorts, infusing youthfulness and energy into the refined aesthetic. Classic workwear pieces, once associated with masculinity’s familial uniform, are reimagined with delicate touches. The overall silhouettes subtly evolve, creating a harmonious transformation of the collection as a whole.

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Pure cotton fabrics, such as drill, popeline, and cotton double, are elevated to a new level of nobility. These textiles breathe life into the garments, much like the ephemeral beauty of flowers. Flowers serve as symbols of life itself, adorning the surface of the garments as graphic decorations. They also act as totems, replacing the rigid hierarchical structures traditionally associated with tailoring. As memories of neckties blossom from lapels, a sense of intimacy and romance is evoked. These floral emblems challenge the values of the past, inviting a celebration of fragility and repair. Inspired by the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, which honors imperfections and repairs with golden seams, the collection emphasizes resilience and the human spirit. Each piece feels imbued with memories, carrying the weight of history.

History cannot be escaped; it molds our present and shapes our future. However, Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection both proposes and responds to a contemporary reconsideration of history. It is an ongoing dialogue, challenging preconceived notions of what it means to be a man in today’s world.

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With the Narratives collection, Valentino effortlessly merges elegance with fragility, and redefines masculinity with grace and poise. This collection reminds us that things may break, but life rearranges itself to compensate for the losses. In a truly wonderful fashion, Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2024 menswear collection captures the essence of change, evolution, and the indomitable spirit of humanity.

“We are so old, we have become young again.” – Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

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Posted from Milan, Municipio 1, Italy.