As fashion evolves, so do the spaces that showcase it.
For Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2023, Valentino’s Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli sets the collection on the grounds of the Château de Chantilly.
This season, Piccioli sees the potential in the Château as a metaphysical entity that can be recontextualised.
A Château can be nameless and universal, a place for everyone to unite and celebrate beauty, uniqueness, and freedom. It is a metaphor for the collective preconceptions of Haute Couture, but within its perceived complexity lies a pure simplicity waiting to be discovered.
Everything to know about Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2023:
As we transition into a new era of fashion, simplicity is taking centre stage. You will notice streamlined and minimalist silhouettes take control of every major runway. Through Piccioli’s vision, these concepts are projected onto whimsical shapes that reflect contemporary sensibilities.
Drawing inspiration from the past, the collection combines light fabrics with a maximalist touch. Another highlight we love to see throughout is the beauty of draperies, beautifully capturing the body’s movement.
As models started walking down the steps of the chateau, it was supermodel Kaia Gerber who opened the haute couture show. The supermodel sets the show’s tone with every step, dressed in baggy denim pants, a masculine oversized white button-down shirt and shoulder-grazing earrings.
Those familiar with Piccioli’s work will identify that his silhouettes evoke a glamorous yet timeless feel. However, it was his use of colours that wow-ed us all too. The collection begins with soft whites and adds a touch of navy blue mixed in with neutrals, the signature Pink PP, Valentino red, and green. His extravagant use of colours on signature silhouettes was on display as ballgowns, bubble dresses, capes, mirrored appliqués, and sequins conquered the runway. This time, the designer goes above and beyond by complimenting his designs with oversized earrings and elegant flats.
Couture wasn’t just reserved for special occasions – it was designed for everyday wear. The silhouettes were elegant and showcased both glamour and class, allowing us to express our fullest selves regardless of any limitations. It was a time when fashion truly reflected the essence of individuality.
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All images courtesy of Valentino