It is here, at the Carreau du Temple in Paris, that we see the Valentino Archives come back to life, as presented throughout it impressive Spring Summer 2022 show. And of course, it comes to no surprise. As from what we have come to know of Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli - resignifying the house codes for the modern day woman has become quite his lucky charm.
For Valentino Spring Summer 2022, it was all about a shift in perspective. Transporting our imagination from the Maison's atelier to, literally, the Parisian sidewalks and the streets. And it is here we witness a collection that is both bold and unafraid of print and colour; and a collection that also intentionally tributes Valentino's long line of heritage and its fashion archives.
The opening look was an all-white saintly embroidered two-piece number, transporting us back to the fond memories of Valentino Garavani’s all-white collection from 1968. And also, how could we forget? The animal print coats and the long floral dresses that only reminisced the ones photographed by Chris von Wangenheim back in 1972.
As the press release states, "the Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli keeps resignifying the Valentino signs. In a tenacious quest for life and truth, which is essentially the urge to root a rich heritage in the present time, he meets, and not only symbolically, the street, with its varied and magmatic humanity."
The collection it self was a mash up of acrylic colours, all tailored to perfection in taffeta, denim, broderie anglaise and of course, hints of Valentino lace. Lace up roman sandals saw a return to the runway as well as some of Valentino's key accessories like the Valentino Garavani Roman Stud bag, all alongside a soiree of threaded feathers and handbags fastened, this time, with a single Valentino macro stud.