When I went to Rome in September of last year, I walked into the two-story Valentino store and felt like I was in heaven. I slowly walked around, my fingers brushing the delicate fabric, careful to not ruin anything, excited to actually be in the presence of such beautiful art created by Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Now, Piccioli has launched his second solo offering for Valentino since Chiuri left the house for Dior; and his Pre-Fall 2017 collection is just as dreamy, angelic and feminine as ever.
The designer previewed his collection at the New York Beekman Hotel and played Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” The lyrics, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life and I’m feeling good,” really resonated with Pierpaolo as he’s heading into a new Valentino phase as the house’s sole creative director after working side by side with Chiuri for 17 years.
“It’s important to give daywear a touch of dreams,” Piccioli told Vogue. “I just did what I felt.”
Knits, fur, silks, delicate dresses, 3D flowers, leather and lace all intertwined to give a romantic collection worthy of the Valentino name. Check out a couple of my favorite looks that I chose above and below.
Up next is Paris: Haute Couture week, which kicks off January 22 to 26. New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter takes place on February 9 to 17. I’ll try and cover my favorite designers as much as possible!
If I can’t write up my favorite looks of the season, make sure to check out my Instagram @LaVidaLiz for updates.
To check out the full collection, click here.