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Valentino’s SS21 Collection is Romantically Radical

By Eliza Jordan

September 29, 2020

Valentino’s presentation during Milan Fashion Week last Sunday continued to touch upon facets of individuality, craft, and self-expression. Known well to Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccolo, these significant details are what makes the Italian maison a maison, and what makes each collection soar. For Spring/Summer 2021, however, it was infused with juxtaposed bits of romance and radicalism—a balance that signifies life as we know it today.

Presented at the metallurgical foundry Fonderie Macchi, Piccolo wanted to express the individual spirit of each person. More important than an aesthetic, he was focused on the values that create your identity. Among a stunning natural installation of flora and fauna by Japanese plant artist Satoshi Kawamoto, we saw whimsical gowns that spoke to a soft nature; oversize pleated bags with the iconic Rockstud details that spoke to bold behavior; and cut-out nylon floral tops, bottoms, and accessories that evoked expressive character.

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Bright hues of green, pink, orange, and yellow burst among nude tones, striking a simplistic mindset with more meaning. Alongside the idea of dressing for individuality, we saw an array of looks that reflected style in our changing world—long, masculine blouses half-tucked into shorts; baggy knit sweaters draped over a thatched leather skirt; cape dresses and caftans with pockets, collars, and built-in neckties; and crafty, slouchy blazers worn on top various get-ups.

With flowers blooming on sandals and bags, and fabric amounting in ruffles and pleats, we also saw new denim. In collaboration Levi’s, Valentino paid homage to the brand’s 517 style, originally created in 1969. While keeping its timeless design at its core, the new jeans are conceived with a romantic new look reflective of the SS21 collection, and with a special new tag commemorating the collaboration.

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And for the finale, guests were treated to a performance of All For Us by Labrinth. The multiplatinum-selling singer, songwriter, producer, and composer of HBO’s Euphoria was still on a high note of sorts—just days after he won an Emmy for the song in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category.

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