Pierpaolo Piccioli's Valentino is taking a modern focus with their Spring Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection. Built on traditional craftsmanship fused with modern codes, Valentino is brought into the future with its Haute Couture collection - born in collaboration with British artist Robert Del Naja.
Celebrating time as a code and a value, Valentino's Couture of today opens itself to update timeless rituals and processes through garments designed for expression.
Soft, buttery neutrals intercepted with glossy primary colours float down the runway, warm and cool tones are matched together harmonizing as models balance on platform stilettos - an ode to the mid-naughties - as they walk down marbelized flooring, capes and coat tails trailing behind.
Layering pulls focus, bolstered by texture which marries discovery and surprise. For womenswear, it's longline skirts, heavy spring coats, armpit-length gloves and towering heels that extend length and highlight silhouettes. For menswear, perfectly tailored suits worn over a laver of woven vests which are over a layer of crisp shirting, all build on a quiet simplicity, reframing the way we see couture.
The special presentation conceived by Piccioli in dialogue with Del Naja was held at Galleria Colonna, Sala Grande in Rome, and took place alongside a film made by Del Naja for the Maison. The film, is based on a collagist script that explores the Haute Couture process and ritual, and was filmed and observed over time by machine learning algorithms. Spontaneously edited by neural networks trained by Del Naja’s collaborative partner, neural artist Mario Klingemman, narrating the idea of the emotional aspect of Couture. A technology that is able to celebrate and enhance human quality emerges with the conjuring of a code that regenerates itself endlessly while remaining timeless - the ritual of couture.
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