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VALENTINO Fall/Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture - In the final show of the haute couture week, Pierpaolo Piccioli for the house of Valentino unwittingly offered a rather different answer to that question that had loomed over the catwalks: What would Meghan Markle wear?

Possibly nothing, unless the house of Windsor gets super chic (of a fearless, head-spinning variety) super fast. Banish the drabulousness, begone the greige! Piccioli, instead, offered a parade of such extravagantly saturated hues, swaggering proportions, and how-does-one-even-do-that craftsmanship that in closing it brought the audience to its feet and a tear to the eye of Mr. Valentino (seated, as always, front row, along with Luca Guadagnino, Alba Rohrwacher, Alexandre Desplat, and the singer Mika).

But let’s begin with the backstory. “With ready-to-wear, your vision of beauty relates to the times you are living in,” said Piccioli. “Couture involves a deeper and more intimate perspective, to go further into your own vision of beauty.” And this season his vision involves a mash-up of Greek mythology, 17th- and 18th-century painting, the films of Pasolini and the photographs of Deborah Turbeville, medieval armor, and Ziggy Stardust. Sounds mad yet looks magnificent, especially in capes appliquéd, embroidered, and even perhaps quilted with gods and goddesses. An evening dress composed of multiple brocades, rhinestones, sequins, pearls, and vivid textural embroideries is described by Piccioli as “Renaissance meets Versailles meets ’60s whatever” but the truth is far more fabulous: It’s not a set of references, but a dream of a dress, which is what couture should be, frankly.

And there are many dreamy dresses in this collection: a trio in featherweight taffeta that wrap, balloon, and float around the body, tethered by discreet micro-pleating; a red strapless gown (signature Valentino) sculpted from a scuba jersey; an emerald and mauve column in crepe intarsia depicting an entwined Daphne and Apollo, cut like a long T-shirt and cinched at the waist by a drawstring.

For day Piccioli paired extravagant capes with cropped full pants or neat Bermuda shorts and blouses with soft ties at the neck or exuberantly ruffled cuffs. There are long pleated skirts of radzimir and velvet, backless jumpsuits in lightweight double-face, and lamé jackets and tees. The colors—gold, strawberry, almond, pistachio, turquoise, tangerine, lemon—are luscious and dramatic, and the volumes equally so. These are clothes for when one is tired of merely blending in or in any way circumscribing one’s presence in the world. These clothes are not about being “skinny” or “sexy” or “avant-garde.” They are about being dressed beautifully and courageously, and that is so rare as to be utterly thrilling to behold.

Look at the images from this show, and do not be distracted by Guido Palau’s fantastic teased coifs or his wonderful flower heads. Do not spend too long on Kaia and her pink feather fiesta, beautiful though it is. Consider, instead, a chiffon cape of emerald sequins paired with simple wool trousers in prune and ask yourself, Would I wear it? Would Meghan? And if not, why? Shouldn’t we all dream of, and realize, a world so unapologetically fabulous?

With Love from Paris, Andréa

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VALENTINO Fall/Winter 2018/19 RTW Collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli ... The ultimate vision of strength and feminity in an evening look accented with dramatic macro pansies, pairing minimalism with decorative embellishements ... We await the Spring/Summer 2019 presentation of VALENTINO on Sunday 30th September at 5 PM. And meanwhile, feel free to explore my IGTV to discover a new international brand and a wonderful collaboration!

Enjoy my Instagram-story direct from th VALENTINO FW '18/19 fashion show >> https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf8prqEgORK/ <<

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW1819 #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #ANDREAJANKELive #PFW18 #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek
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Adut Akech & Ranj. 05/04/18, lensed by Juergen Teller - VALENTINO Fall/Winter 2018/19 RTW - Pierpaolo Piccioli handled both minimalism, in spare, dramatic shapes, and decorative embellishment in blown-up floral appliqués and jacquards. The collections is in stores now or online www.valentino.com / Advertising

Enjoy my Instagram-story direct from th VALENTINO FW '18/19 fashion show >> https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf8prqEgORK/ <<

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW1819 #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #ANDREAJANKELive #PFW18 #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek
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Another stunning sequence of VALENTINO Haute Couture Atumn/Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture - Magnificent haute couture looks, especially in capes appliquéd, embroidered, and vivid textural embroideries is described by Piccioli as „Renaissance meets Versailles meets ‚60s whatever“, Pierpaolo Piccioli. The colours gold, strawberry, almond, pistachio, turquoise, tangerine, lemon are luscious and dramatic and the volumes equally so.

Get an exclusive glimpse on my teaser-coverage direct from the VALENTINO HC presentation >>> https://www.instagram.com/p/BnQi0-5lPye/ - enjoy!

With Love, Andréa

#VALENTINOHauteCouture #ValentinoCouture #VALENTINO #VALENTINOLive #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ParisHauteCouture #VALENTINOCouture #ParisCoutureWeek #HauteCouture #ANDREAJANKELive
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VALENTINO Atumn/Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture by Pierpaolo Piccioli - There were many dreamy dresses in this collection: a trio in featherweight taffeta that wrap balloon, and float around the body, tethered by discreet micro-pleating, a red strapless gown (signature Valentino) sculpted from a scuba jersey, an emerald and mauve columne in crepe intarsia ... Piccioli paired extravagant capes with cropped full pants or neat Bermuda shorts and blouses with soft ties at the neckor exuberantly ruffled cuffs.

Get an exclusive glimpse on my teaser-coverage direct from the VALENTINO HC presentation >>> https://www.instagram.com/p/BnQi0-5lPye/ - enjoy!

With Love, Andréa

#VALENTINOHauteCouture #ValentinoCouture #VALENTINO #VALENTINOLive #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ParisHauteCouture #VALENTINOCouture #ParisCoutureWeek #HauteCouture #ANDREAJANKELive
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Flashback to #VALENTINOCouture Atumn/Winter 2018/19 by Pierpaolo Piccioli for Maison VALENTINO - Magnificent haute couture looks, especially in capes appliquéd, embroidered, and vivid textural embroideries is described by Piccioli as „Renaissance meets Versailles meets ‚60s whatever“, Pierpaolo Piccioli. The colours gold, strawberry, almond, pistachio, turquoise, tangerine, lemon are luscious and dramatic, and the volumes equally so.

Get an exclusive glimpse on my teaser-coverage direct from the VALENTINO HC presentation >>> https://www.instagram.com/p/BnQi0-5lPye/ - enjoy!

With Love, Andréa

#VALENTINOHauteCouture #VALENTINO #VALENTINOLive #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ParisHauteCouture #VALENTINOCouture #ParisCoutureWeek #HauteCouture #ANDREAJANKELive
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Lady Gaga smashes the red carpet at 75th Venice Film Festival in this #ValentinoCouture show-stopping gown by Pierpaolo Piccioli - Her new movie, “A Star is Born”, with Bradley Cooper premiered at the festival. Gaga selected a fabulous pair of flawless white #ChopardDiamonds earrings to complement her dazzling white look.

Swipe to https://www.instagram.com/p/BlXyiCeDyjL/ - and enjoy more insides of this stunning look! With Love, Andréa

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instagram.com/p/Bm0YFYrlMfB/ <<< Stunning teaser direct from #ValentinoCouture show #PierpaoloPiccioli & here press preview inside 8 Place Vendome Valentino showroom, we totally loved these fittings in this breathtaking vibrant green gown by Maison Valentino Haute Couture for Autumn/Winter 2018/19 - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#VALENTINOHauteCouture #VALENTINO #VALENTINOLive #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ParisHauteCouture #VALENTINOCouture #ParisCoutureWeek #HauteCouture #ANDREAJANKELive
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„Couture involves a deeper and more intimate perspective, to go further into your own vision of beauty.“ - Pierpaolo Piccioli for VALENTINO Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture - Magnificent looks, especially in capes appliquéd, embroidered, and even perhaps quilted with gods and goddesses. An evening dress composed of multiple brocades, rhinestones, sequins, pearls and vivid textural embroideries is described by Piccioli as „Renaissance meets Versailles meets ‘60s whatever“.

Get an exclusive glimpse on this wonderful teaser - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#VALENTINOHauteCouture #VALENTINO #VALENTINOLive #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ParisHauteCouture #VALENTINOCouture #ParisCoutureWeek #HauteCouture #ANDREAJANKELive
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Casual Tuesday: Giovanna Battaglia in VALENTINO F/W '18/19 RTW for Harper’s Bazaar UK September 2018. VALENTINO's Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli handled both minimalism, in spare, dramatic shapes, and decorative embellishment in blown-up floral appliqués and jacquards.

Enjoy my Instagram-story direct from th VALENTINO FW '18/19 fashion show >> https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf8prqEgORK/ <<

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW1819 #VALENTINO #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #ANDREAJANKELive #PFW18 #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek
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