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Valentino Haute Couture FW22-23

Valentino Debuts the Beginning on the Spanish Steps

Over the weekend atop Rome’s Spanish Steps, we had the pleasure of experiencing Valentino’s couture debuts for the Fall/Winter 2022-23 season, simply titled “The Beginning.” With the knowledge that beauty is a product of harmony (not as a rule, but as an understanding of its nature), the maison returned to the genesis of all things, the home of its atelier, for its newest exploration of beauty.

Valentino Haute Couture FW22-23 Courtesy of Valentino.

Descending the iconic staircase, Pierpaolo Piccioli’s latest collection captivated onlookers from the start with a range of bold silhouettes in bright colors. Kicking off the presentation was a red mini dress in carefully gathered material that formed giant blooming roses all over the model, whose feet were adorned in a pair of feathery black heels. This set a magnificent precedent for the looks that ensued—employing some of fashion’s most daring devices (ruffles, bows, puff sleeves, sparkles, headpieces, and capes) arranged in tandem with codes of elegance that maintained a certain striking poise.

Doused in highlighter neons, bright reds, cerulean shades, and shimmering metallics, we saw sleek shapes that hugged curves, jumpsuits with encompassing overcoats, ballgowns with tiered handkerchief skirts, mannish trousers with billowing dusters, and miniature shapes that made the most of form. Styling was kept minimal, leaving the abundant details and awe-inspiring silhouettes to take center stage. This tactic saw dimensional elements paired in all manners—like gem-dotted fishnets and speckled fluff; trumpet skirts with wings; monochrome looks with hoods of feathers; straps, bodices, and necklines made from fabric flowers; and gliding sheer garments accentuated with large silky bows.

Valentino Haute Couture FW22-23 Courtesy of Valentino.

While the entire collection was marvelous, there are a few looks we just can’t forget: an all-over silver gown crusted in jewels and pearls, styled with matching boots and makeup that covered all visible skin; a bodysuit in white with a black-and-white feathered cape and a matching headpiece; an elevated take on a tank top and drawstring shorts in glittering fabrications with a matching robe and feathered flats; and a green cropped top paired with a structured, split skirt in aquamarine feathers, cinched at the waist with a deep purple bow.

Valentino Haute Couture FW22-23 Courtesy of Valentino.
Valentino Haute Couture FW22-23 Courtesy of Valentino.

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