Valentino Turns the Ordinary into the Extraordinary for Spring/Summer 2018

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For some designers, the fantasy side of fashion is a foreign land never explored. However, Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino has made it his life’s mission to explore and showcase the upper limits of what fashion is capable of. In fact, its transformative powers are so important to his methodology that he devoted his Spring/Summer 2018 collection to making the most mundane fashion basics into astonishing works of art – or, in his words, “turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

Valentino Spring/Summer 2018
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

This collection is everything a fashion girl could ever want, and more.

If you’ve been a fan of Valentino for any length of time, you know that the brand’s bread and butter is lavishly embroidered gowns with high necks, long sleeves, and an aura of Edwardian piousness. That’s why it was surprising – no, shocking – to witness a Valentino show that opened with sportswear. Before you have time to think that Piccioli has gone and lost his head, you notice that each surface is exquisitely turned out. He showed sequin-trimmed plastic raincoats, glitter- and paillette-soaked tanks, cargo pants with bulging contrast pockets, and more. While the template was familiar, it was his complicated surfaces that elevated the looks, transporting them from the realm of athleisure to athluxury.

And the dresses, of which there were several different styles (from printed minis and bubble-hemmed frocks to elegant tank-layered maxis), served fantasy straight up. The vivid beauty of his dresses came in two forms: either solid and regal as in the case of an eggplant-purple monastic maxi or elaborately decorated with bugle beads, paillettes, sequins, and embroidery. Either way he delivered it, you wanted it. This collection is everything a fashion girl could ever want, and more.

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