Who is the New Valentino Woman?

The end of Paris Fashion Week offered another look into how Pierpaolo Piccioli directs Valentino into his own, solo vision. After the departure of Maria Grazia Chiuri, the co-creative director of Valentino alongside Piccioli, we have seen how he handles the long lasting elegance of the historic brand.

Valentino's most recent collection at Paris Fashion Week centered around the theme of romanticism; the assertion instead of aggression in influential women of today. It was soft spoken, emulating the Romantic period in which nature inspired artistic direction. The collection embraced the art of tailoring and how it can vary to showcase the personalities of women. Fabrics the flowed and cascaded down a body, hinted at women of free spirit. There were modest necklines and floral shapes carved into fabrics. The Valentino Woman is layered with minimalistic coats, wide-legged trousers and vibrant green cloaks that contrast with flushed cheeks. 

Before his solo work, Valentino embraced historical references. They often referenced warrior women from the Renaissance. Bronze skirts, drifting capes and golden headpieces built from ornate snake and start carvings brought a sense of art history to life. Now, Pierpaolo embraces the independence, the exuberant play of life that women hold. The slouchy, oversized and billowing fabrics bring back the vision that women should embrace style that does not restrict or fasten them physically. 

In his Haute Couture SS/18 collection, Piccioli introduced the idea that Couture can be casual, it can be possible for the modern woman to dream of elaborate shapes and feathered hats. With houses such as Giambattista Valli, Dior and Elie Saab, it's easy to believe that Haute Couture could only ever be a fantasy, a far away image of this mythological, running-through-empty-castles women that we dream of becoming. With Piccioli, he looks his own dream of women bringing Couture to life in simplicity, while keeping the classic touches of drifting sating, large bows and strong color palettes.

The era of a new Valentino women who exudes confidence in how she wears silk faille capes and white t-shirts is the charming image for ambitious women everywhere.