Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 20-21
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The biggest challenge for most designers this virtual fashion week has been to merge the physical with the digital. Pierpaolo Piccioli has managed to do it with pure artistry, harnessing the strengths of each medium to create a body of work greater than the sum of its parts. The fact that he pulled it off under the limitations of lockdown makes it all the more astounding.

The drama, the fantasy and the grandeur we have come to expect from Piccioli’s Valentino Couture were here taken to new heights, literally. He elongated his signature sculptural gowns to surreal lengths—the incredible work of the Valentino ateliers writ large for all to see just when you thought the pandemic has made it impossible for such up-close looks at couture.

An all-white palette put the spotlight squarely on the remarkable craftsmanship and construction of the clothes. In a film by Nick Knight, prints, colours and embroideries were projected onto the dresses—the digital razzle-dazzle driving home the infinite possibilities of haute couture and how it has always powered through crises with burning creativity

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