The Valentino Haute Couture spring summer 2021 fashion show is among the most anticipated events in the official Haute Couture calendar in Paris. The creative director of the house, Pierpaolo Piccioli , for the second consecutive season, has chosen to present the new collection in Rome, with a digital format, parading without an audience in the heart of Palazzo Colonna.
The show, titled Code Temporal , is staged on the soundtrack composed by Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack , in the Sala Grande of Galleria Colonna , a jewel of the Roman Baroque that hosts many works including the masterpieces of Guercino and Tintoretto.
The models, headed by the Italian Mariacarla Boscono , walk one after another through the space filled with art jewels, presenting the looks of the collection as majestic creations erected on sparkling pedestals. For the first time, on the catwalk with the Valentino Haute Couture show, the house is also presenting a series of men’s outfits that speak the same language as the women’s collection : in silhouettes, colors and workmanship.
The press release released by the house talks about the rituals, the process, and the timeless values of Haute Couture . Rituals that skip the human: the mind that thinks, the hand that executes and ennobles the matter through a process that is abstracted from time, producing timeless objects, molded on the person. Time as a code and value, to be reset and reprogrammed in today’s Haute Couture that updates classic rituals and processes in garments designed to express themselves and to be, each as they want. Women and men alike in a wardrobe that designs and opens up possibilities.
The show is the mouthpiece of a new wardrobe that alternates outfits composed of a layering of functional and fluid pieces such as jackets, turtlenecks, blouses and trousers, with silhouettes with a more conceptual design including sculptural flared dresses, origami outerwear and pieces with very generous volumes. The colors of the collection put in dialogue the classic shades of whites, beiges and browns, in opposition to hyper modern colors such as bright greens, neon orange that replaces the classic Valentino red, as well as touches of fuchsia, yellow, gold and silver.
Metallic flashes are also found in make-up and Haute Couture accessories : maxi pouch bags entirely decorated with crystals, masculine lace -ups and platform sandals with an extreme design that literally put every look on a pedestal.
The show ends with the models that take hold in the space of Galleria Colonna , arranged in an orderly manner on the geometric designs of the colored marble floor, symbolically joining the precious collection of works of art kept in the Roman palace .