Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection for Valentino demonstrated its versatility and craftsmanship by using just two colors: pink and black.
The runway show at Paris Fashion Week was a display of creativity with a pink catwalk, which went from wall to wall, welcomed the guests. The theme was super clear, from the invitation onward: shocking pink. For this season’s show, Pierpaolo Piccioli worked with acclaimed novelist, designer, and visual artist Douglas Coupland to unbox the color that defines the collection.
Runway inspiration has been a recurring theme in fashion, most notably because of Elsa Schiaparelli and her “shocking pink.” In a cool twist, Piccioli made nearly half the collection in solid black ensembles that referenced his own penchant for monochromatic attire. Valentino’s new collection, dubbed “La Vie En Rose,” is a refreshing, avant-garde story for experiencing winter in fluorescent pink. This is the perfect way to stay energized during the season.
The show was not only on the catwalk…it extended to the arrival of A-lister, girl of the moment,and brand ambassador: Zendaya. For the event, the 25-year-old actress, who is the face of Valentino’s latest Rendez Vous campaign, dressed in a vibrant fuchsia blazer and pants combo adorned with floral appliqués, which was paired with a button-down blouse and coat with structured lapels. Other attendees in the front row included Maluma and Lewis Hamilton.
“Pink is the color of love, community, energy and freedom,” read a message shared from Valentino’s official Instagram account ahead of the show. Among my favorite looks were a long tailored coat with a very minimalist bow at the front, paired with platform shoes and leather gloves. I also liked a cocoon coat that was embroidered with feathers and floral appliques. I also loved several of the dresses: a pink column dress with long sleeves and side slits that were tied with bows and another gala gown with a similar effect on the chest and sleeves and, finally, one with a balloon skirt that seemed to be made of cut paper. I also liked several looks with baggy pants combined with transparent tops or lace. Among the black looks, my favorites were the mini dresses with structured shapes and accentuated waists. This was a dreamy collection that was simultaneously a fashion statement.