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Valentino Does a Serious About-Face and Trades Its Signature Pink for Black
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by Grace Gordon 3-minute read March 4, 2024

A perfect collection in a perfect color.

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Goodbye, Valentino pink, hello, Valentino black. 

In Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2024 collection, titled Le Noir, Pierpaolo Piccioli takes us on a profound exploration of black – not merely as a color but as a medium with infinite nuances and possibilities. It immediately reminded me of that TikTok sound, “What are you talking about? My wardrobe is colorful. This is midnight black. This is vintage black. This is mud black. This is black ice. This is Jack Black black. This is eggshell black.” I’ve always laughed at this trend because I, too, have a wardrobe stuffed with every variation of black imaginable. But my favorite has to be Jack Black black. 

This season, Piccioli ventured far beyond the traditional confines of color theory, positioning black at the forefront of a nuanced dialogue between form, texture, and perception. And he did it masterfully. His approach transcends the monochromatic, delving into a spectrum of black that speaks to its depth, versatility, and inherent beauty. A case in point is the high-relief technique named by Valentino Altorilievo, which casts tulle cut-outs across the body like falling shadows. It is insanely beautiful. Black has never looked more ephemeral.

The collection is a testament to black's universal appeal and its capacity to convey both universality and individuality, all while absorbing light in a manner that is unmatched by any other hue. Through the discerning lens of Valentino, black is reimagined not as the absence of color but as a blank canvas, revealing its capability to exude exuberance, romance, and even danger. Le Noir also offered a fresh perspective on Valentino's iconic elements.  Rosettes, ruffles, embroideries, and lace, which could read “twee” in another color, take on a serious and seductive edge here. Meanwhile, archival Valentino silhouettes are reinterpreted with contemporary sensibilities like tailoring juxtaposed against flou.

 It is a bold assertion that black can indeed embody the full spectrum of human emotion and expression, but it certainly hit the mark. Valentino's Le Noir collection is not just a fashion statement; it is a poetic discourse on the essence of color, the art of design, and the power of narrative.

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Goodbye, Valentino PINK, hello, Valentino BLACK. 

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