Valentino’s Creative Director Continues To Embrace Individuality In Couture

Valentino\'s creative director always designs great gown, beautiful gowns, but it\'s never just about the pretty clothing. Building on the narrative that Pierpaolo Piccioli started with his spring 2019 haute couture show when he reimagined high society as inclusive toward Black women, he took it a step further with his latest collection, championing race and age diversity on the couture runway. “The only way to make couture alive today is to embrace different women’s identities and cultures,” Piccioli told Vogue in a studio preview. “It’s about the idea of individualism,” Piccioli continued.His fall 2019 couture offering was inspired by Avedon portraits, Guy Bourdin advertising shots, canvases by the Italian Renaissance mannerist Rosso Fiorentino, and paintings of Diana Vreeland’s documentary The Eye Has To Travel. And so he did with decadent silhouettes, cheerful colors, floral appliqués, delicious crepe draping, billowing culottes, on models varying in both race and age.