On Tuesday, Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest haute couture vision for Valentino at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome (instead of Paris’s Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, where the luxury brand normally stages a runway show during Haute Couture Fashion Week).
Titled “Of Grace and Light,” the Fall 2020 collection debuted as a “conversation” between Piccioli and photographer Nick Knight (who also lensed the video for Maison Margiela’s Artisanal Co-Ed autumnal line), as designers continue to find alternative ways to showcase couture amid a global pandemic.
There was no runway. Instead, models stood on rotating risers wearing larger-than-life Valentino gowns — think the usual full skirts and volume characteristic of Piccioli’s Valentino, only made twice, if not three times as long — as colorful graphics were projected onto the garments, or sat on aerial rings as wind blew on the fabric and embellishments on their looks (so, in both cases, seemingly maintaining a safe social distance), as a soundtrack by FKA Twigs played. Afterwards, spotlights gave viewers a better look at the designs themselves: 10 white dresses and capes at the center, and five silvery ensembles overhead.
See all the looks from Valentino’s Fall 2020 haute couture collection in the gallery, below.