Valentino returns to Milan for its Fall Winter 2021 collection to perform an ‘Act’ of solidarity, and is one of the only few brands to stage a live show.
While the dark and empty theatre at Piccolo Teatro of Milan sets a sombre vibe that reflects the mood of 2020, the Fall Winter 2021 collection is anything but, with models strutting onto the runway in A-line miniskirts and shorts, as well as voluminous capes and long sweeping jackets. The playfulness of the collection is perhaps a sneak peek into the future, when lockdowns are lifted and the world is ready to mingle again.
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Pierpaolo Piccioli has often emphasised a return to simplicity and the daily uniform, and this collection is another chapter in this narrative. The looks are almost monochromatic, with touches of gold interspersed. The long gowns are still present but they are outnumbered by mini lengths and workwear.
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Piccioli’s study of the white shirt continues, this time drawing inspirations from the 70s with oversized collars. They are worn open on tuxedo jackets, and made feminine with ruffles and lace embellishments at the neck. There is also a full-body fishnet jumpsuit (created in collaboration with heritage hosiery label Wolford) looks like an intriguing second-skin evening gown.
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