Fashion - July 7, 2023

Valentino “Un Château”: a journey to and through beauty

In the world of fashion, it is known that every haute couture show is a unique opportunity to transform the catwalk into a place of wonder and true amazement. The Creative Director of the Maison Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli, knows this well, and with the latest Haute Couture show for Fall/Winter 2023 he literally outdid himself.

“A Château,” a reality very similar to Marc Augè’s non-places: an idea, a representation, a metaphor. This context almost becomes a symbol that goes far beyond that idea of a place, it almost becomes an entity that is able to be able to represent diversity through equality, and is able to stage it through the emblematic color shades of yesterday and today of the maison.


A collection embellished by a Baroque decidedly rearranged in its most minimal version, with lightened fabrics, decorations, draping, precious details, volumes worthy of Piccioli’s latest collections and floating transparencies. Then, amidst these glitzy hints, the vintage Levi’s 501 XX Big jeans do not go unnoticed. They are transformed into glam and couture pieces, just like the model embellished with beads that take us back to that 2000s aesthetic. Almost a ‘cleaned-up’ version of the classic denim with crystals sported by Simona Ventura during her 2004 Sanremo.

This collection celebrates the fundamental ideology of haute couture: the artistry, craftsmanship and power of the individual. The dresses, at times simple, move – as in many Valentino collections – along with the body, gracefully following all its forms.

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