Valentino closes haute couture to standing ovation
The winter 2018 haute couture week in Paris ended with Valentino’s artistic
director Pierpaolo Piccioli receiving a standing ovation. The show, which
closes the four-day couture week, saw guests rise to their feet at the
Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, after 63 looks of exquisite dresses
constructed with the highest order of craftsmanship.
While fashion editors may not be known for their spontaneous outburst of
emotion after a season of catwalk shows, the dresses Mr Piccioli showed
were fit for a goddess, with rich tapestries, embroidery, quilting,
micropleating and appliqués melded together in one of the most extravagant
collections of the season.
This was the most inclusive haute couture weeks yet, with a schedule
dominated by international designers. The Italians, especially, are giving
the traditional French houses a run for their money with Giorgio Armani
Privé, Fendi Couture and Giambattista Valli all delivering sensational
collections. There is sense that Italian design, and not just its craft, is
a force in Paris to be reckoned with.
Photo credit: Valentino haute couture, source Valentino Facebook