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Valentino Redefined Romance For Spring 2021

A new kind of fashion fantasy

From the outset, there was something fundamentally different about this year’s Valentino spring/summer presentation. It was held in Milan.

Typically, the Italian house shows in Paris – the capital of couture and runway romanticism – but this year creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli brought the collection home in a show of support for the local industry and people.

The setting was different too: a raw-edged industrial factory rather than a perfectly polished French salon. And then there were the clothes: sumptuous and sophisticated, but a little more sensible than we’ve come to expect from the house.

Neat tunics and tailored shorts breezed past mannish blazers, lace shirts and crochet sundresses, while chic straight-leg jeans – thanks to a collaboration with Levi’s – were paired with sheer, ruffled blouses.

There were old favourites too; namely a re-creation of the iconic Rockstud flat worn with nearly every look, and a stream of ethereal kaftans and cape dresses to close out the show. Floaty chiffon, lush florals and shades of marigold, mauve and fuchsia proved the breath-takers we’d been waiting for.

Things might be different, but we can always dream.

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