Monday 4th March

| BY Claudia Croft

Valentino: Ready-To-Wear AW19

Pierpaolo Piccioli is not afraid of big emotion. His Valentino couture shows overwhelm his audience with their beauty and often bring hard-hearted fashion hacks to tears. He’s not about to let up for ready-to-wear. Love was the theme and expressing it was his aim. To that end, he enlisted Jun Takashi of Undercover to create collages and graphics of embracing couples and roses, which appeared on feathery party dresses, sweeping capes, trench coats and bucket hats (which are definitely a thing this season).

The clothes felt contemporary, sometimes sporty (how about a Jun Takashi collage hoodie under a fabulous feather coat?). The show closed with flounced, frilled chiffon gowns in blossom shades that provided a powerful moment of ravishing prettiness. The optimism of love – the utter belief that good things can happen – was stitched into these clothes. We swooned.

Photographs by Jason-Lloyd Evans.