Valentino F/W 2018
What are you supposed to do when you have been a leader in men’s wear trends for the past few years? Valentino brought the Haute Couture touch to men’s, made hand-embroidered back of coats a signature, extensively used camouflage on expensive fabrics everywhere, pioneered the fashion sneaker, made studded garments normal and had message T-shirts and sweaters for many seasons now. When there is not much to add, it’s all about taking away and stripping it down and creating a blank page. That’s what Pier Paolo Piccioli did last night with his men’s wear collection for Valentino. He went black. Nearly the entire line-up consisted of black or dark blue clothes in simple but authorative shapes. In a multi course meal, the sorbet is considered the palate cleanser and Piccioli cleaned up his multiple trend messages with black.
What was best?
From the first look, it was clear that Piccioli was keen on showing off his tailoring skills. Tapered pants and deconstructed unlined black wool coats made for a somber but powerful message. Adding silver studs on the shoulders of jackets proved that the belief for individualization has not been lost.