Valentino Pares Again to Black and White for Fall 2021

Pierpaolo Piccioli on the finale for Valentino’s Fall 2021 assortment. 

Pierpaolo Piccioli isn’t one to stay in one proverbial place for too long when it comes to his work at Valentino. For Spring 2021, he leaned into fashion’s casual moment, collaborating with Levi’s and reinvigorating the Rockstud with an oversized format on comfortable flats; he cranked the volume back up for Haute Couture, still working with a kind of relaxed glamour but adding back in structure and plopping models on towering platforms. Now, for Fall 2021, his mental pendulum has swung back with a collection presented mostly in shades of black and white. 

It’s a trick Piccioli has relied on before, most recently in Valentino’s Fall 2020 collection. But where that one leaned goth with its oversized shapes and long lengths, the latest autumnal line feels more simple. And shorter: When the show notes say that he “brutally shortens everything,” the brand means that skirts are back to mini length and styled with either a stiletto or a knee-high flat boot, and men’s pants come cropped.

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