Transforming basics, making the ordinary extraordinary was Pierpaolo Piccioli's vision for Valentino's Spring18 showcase. From glamourising a tank top and shorts to invoking romance by combining couture and athletics, Piccioli is changing the vocabulary of Valentino making it relevant to todays time without losing it's essence.

Sequinned tank tops over racer backs, cargo pants with oversized pockets and sequinn rims, trenchcoats in khakhi and pink, raincoat jackets with shine, racer neck shift dress with shine and all encompassed the collection. The highlight of it all was the finale: pure, flowing dresses — often sheer, shining with sequins, clotted with embroidered flowers the twist being that they were suspended from racer backs. One of the gowns had wildlife and flower embroidery but, from the waist up at least, seemed gym-ready. It seemed finding new perspectives in the familiar was the mission which was achieved with much success.

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