Valentino Is In Street With Its Nostalgic Beauty
New York City Resort 2018 Collection
There were heavy influences of street art and hip hop in the collection, which is no surprise when you know it was inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix show The Get Down, about the birth of hip hop in New York in the 1970s. But this being Valentino, it was more glam than casual, and sporty essentials got elevated with feminine details. Think t-shirt dresses with lace, silky tracksuit tops and bold prints.
Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his Resort 2018 collection for Valentino in New York City today, marking the brand’s second pre-collection show in the Big Apple. On the runway, Piccioli picked up a sporty thread inspired by the NYC streets, showing tracksuits, zip-ups, and sleek, cut-out dresses. Here, four talking points from the show while you wait for Nicole Phelps’s review.
Track Is Back
Can athleisure be pretty? That seemed to be the question on the catwalk. Piccioli took sport-inspired details like exposed seams and snaps and applied them to Valentino’s signautre midi-dress silhouette. There were plenty of proper track suits and varsity jackets too, done in very sporty shades of astroturf green and cardinal red.
Consider the t-shirt dress pulled together at the waist with a drawstring. In green and white, the colours of tennis, it was elevated from the casual by its Valentino lace. Or the track jacket rendered in a shocking pink, embellished with a wavy topstitch and tucked into a deep knife-pleat skirt of the same colour — strips of red slicing through. Unlined leather anoraks and a letterman’s jacket — the former of which was signed “Valentino” in big bubble letters across the back — were let out at the waist for a swinging silhouette.
The beautiful jumble was certainly “diverse,” and it once again underscored the humanity of Piccioli’s work. While Valentino has long been technically exquisite, this had a looseness to it that evoked a new energy. Not to mention dollar signs. For a brand that’s been on a commercial roll for nearly a decade, this stuff will certainly sell.
Author: Giada Sciortino Modella- Ballerina -Attrice – Blogger