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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

#VALENTINOHauteCouture #VALENTINO #VALENTINOLive #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ParisHauteCouture #VALENTINOCouture #ParisCoutureWeek #HauteCouture #ANDREAJANKELive
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Romanticism is strength. It places sensibility before rationality, authenticity before stereotypes. For the Women’s Fall/Winter 2018/19 RTW Collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli flowers spread, enlarged as exclamations, palpable as intarsia on stratified silhouettes made of compact fabrics. Trousers as a constant, jackets as a new addition and colors multiply in the symphony of a monochrome that is disrupted by multiple weavings. The collection is now available in stores.

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

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW18 #ValentinoFW1819 #VALENTINO #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #ANDREAJANKELive #Fashion
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From the iconographies of the Maison’s archive, colorful animal motifs are introduced into the #ValentinoFall18 collection as bold embroideries on a light feminine evening dresses. Dive into the #ValentinoFall18 spirit and discover the full collection in our WW boutiques. #HautePunk

Explore my Instagram-story direct from the VALENTINO FW '18/19 fashion show >> https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf8prqEgORK/ - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW1819 #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #ANDREAJANKELive #Fashion
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Tiger prints, delicate colors and the finest craftsmanship blend together in the #ValentinoPreFall18 collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli to add a hint of personality and romance to your Fall style. Discover the collection in our WW boutiques. #HautePunk

Explore my Instagram-story direct from the VALENTINO FW '18/19 fashion show >> https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf8prqEgORK/ - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW1819 #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #ANDREAJANKELive #Fashion
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Adut Akech wears a mint green mohair coat with maxi hood from the #ValentinoFW1819 by Pierpaolo Piccioli - 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.

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

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #ANDREAJANKELive #Fashion
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VALENTINO Spring/Summer 2019 - There’s no way of speaking about this without sounding silly and girlish, but sorry, it has to be said: Valentino was just utterly, lusciously all-round gorgeous. “I was thinking of paradises, about artists’ colonies of the past,” said designer Pierpaolo Piccioli. “There were reasons why artistic people went off to places like that—so they could live their identities,” he said. “Today, everyone is talking about escapism. But I don’t believe in that—l think everyone should just live their identities in the city, or wherever they are.”

Kristen McMenamy—her white-haired, elegant, individualist self—grandly led the parade in a voluminous black cotton off-the-shoulder dress. There followed lots of looks in black—each one effectively a different character sketch: an amazing slim black cotton lace dress with an asymmetric cape thrown over one shoulder; a tuxedo with a fine tulle ruffle spilling from the front; an incredible peasant dress with a bubble skirt and balloon sleeves. Then Piccioli went wild with color: Valentino red dresses, with fine fan-pleating going on; a jersey dress with a caped top, half which somehow ran around the back and joined its skirt; something delicious in fondant pink taffeta with balloon sleeves.

The variety—all this inclusive fabulousness of shape—was breathtaking. Then followed the print: wildly joyful patterns in colors inspired by Matisse and Gauguin—printed silk velvet pajamas, a purple and green curlicued hand-painted print. Somewhere near the end came a sequined and feathered emerald and lavender column that shimmered like a dream.

In a season when there’s been so much talk about the appreciation of couture dressmaking and craft skills, Piccioli just took it to the ultimate. It was as accomplished, as complexly cut—and as simple as that.

#ValentinoSS19 was live-streamed on Sunday at 5.00 pm, on my Instagram during the show - https://www.instagram.com/andreajankeofficial/ - enjoy!

Paris Fashion Week recap by ANDREA JANKE | The Luxury Brand - www.andreajanke-finestaccessories.com - With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoSS19 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #Valentino #PFW19 #PFW #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek #ANDREAJANKELive
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VALENTINO Spring/Summer 2019 RTW - The freedom to be oneself is an act of being present in the moment, following no rules or schemes. For the Valentino Women’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection, searching for a center of gravity in the unstable balance of the present means to explore one’s own inner space. A mobile place, in which being oneself is allowed and utopias are made real. Volumes are pure, sculptural, movable. Black explodes as an energetic sum of all colors. Color is freed in personal, frenzied fantasies. www.valentino.com

#ValentinoSS19 was live-streamed last Sunday at 5.00 pm, on my Instagram during the show, here a little stunning extrait - https://www.instagram.com/p/BoYcMRGgFAB/ - enjoy!

Paris Fashion Week recap by ANDREA JANKE | The Luxury Brand - www.andreajanke-finestaccessories.com - With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoSS19 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #Valentino #PFW19 #PFW #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek #ANDREAJANKELive
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Backstage at VALENTINO Spring/Summer 2019 - The variety all this inclusive fabulousness of shape was breathtaking. Then followed the print: wildly joyful patterns in colors inspired by Matisse and Gauguin—printed silk velvet pajamas, a purple and green curlicued hand-painted print. Somewhere near the end came a sequined and feathered emerald and lavender column that shimmered like a dream.

In a season when there’s been so much talk about the appreciation of couture dressmaking and craft skills, Piccioli just took it to the ultimate. It was as accomplished, as complexly cut— nd as simple as that.

#ValentinoSS19 was live-streamed on Sunday at 5.00 pm, on my Instagram during the show, and explore more #PFW #ChanelByTheSea https://www.instagram.com/andreajankeofficial/ - enjoy!

Paris Fashion Week recap by ANDREA JANKE | The Luxury Brand - www.andreajanke-finestaccessories.com - With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoSS19 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #Valentino #PFW19 #PFW #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek #ANDREAJANKELive
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VALENTINO Spring/Summer 2019 RTW - The freedom to be oneself is an act of being present in the moment, following no rules or schemes. For the Valentino Women’s Spring/Summer 2019 Collection, searching for a center of gravity in the unstable balance of the present means to explore one’s own inner space. A mobile place, in which being oneself is allowed and utopias are made real. Volumes are pure, sculptural, movable. Black explodes as an energetic sum of all colors. Color is freed in personal, frenzied fantasies. www.valentino.com

#ValentinoSS19 was live-streamed on Sunday at 5.00 pm, on my Instagram during the show, here a little stunning extrait - https://www.instagram.com/p/BoYcMRGgFAB/ - enjoy!

Paris Fashion Week recap by ANDREA JANKE | The Luxury Brand - www.andreajanke-finestaccessories.com - With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoSS19 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #Valentino #PFW19 #PFW #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek #ANDREAJANKELive
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Today is V-Day! Here, a little flashback to VALENTINO Fall/Winter 2018/19 RTW presentation by Pierpaolo Piccioli ... The ultimate vision of strength and feminity in an evening look accented with dramatic macro pansies worm by Kaia Gerber, pairing minimalism with decorative embellishements ... We await #ValentinoSS19 live-streamed today at 5.oopm, follow my Instagram during the show - https://www.instagram.com/andreajankeofficial/ - enjoy!

Paris Fashion Week recap by ANDREA JANKE | The Luxury Brand - www.andreajanke-finestaccessories.com - With Love from Paris, Andréa

#ValentinoFW1819 #ValentinoFW18 #PierpaoloPiccioli #ValentinoLive #Valentino #PFW19 #PFW #Fashion #ParisFashionWeek #ANDREAJANKELive
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