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Published: 24 May 2018

Resort 19 Influencer Show: Valentino

A highly wearable collection of tightly edited silhouettes, a marine-inspired palette and more than a touch of 70s inspiration created a strong commercial template for Pierpaolo Piccioli’s 2019 Resort showing for Valentino.

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Valentino Resort 19
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Valentino Resort 19

The designer tapped into the zeitgeist for all things 70s-themed, with his crisp fit-and-flare silhouettes, giant eyewear and scarf-wrapped heads conjuring up images of Antonio Lopez’s iconic illustrations of the era. Boxy Rockstud shoulder bags and tasselled, block-heeled loafers provided the perfect accoutrements to the gamine girl-about-town looks.

A strongly defined palette of red, white and navy was used in clean colour-blocked mixes or as graphic archival prints. These add a new dimension to the ongoing trend for luxury branding – here reworked as all-over scrolling Nouveau-esque patterns, sharp ‘V’ motifs, graphic scale-mixed typographical slogans and beaded trims. For a softer, more feminine look, think sprays of springtime mimosa and delicate poppies or mixed herbaceous all-overs and hibiscus florals on pretty tinted grounds of lemon, pistachio, lilac and sky blue.

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Valentino Resort 19
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Valentino Resort 19

Strong linear silhouettes featured crisp pleated skirts and waisted A-line shirt dresses, gold buttoned blazers, classic trench coats and logo-driven V-neck knits, complemented by 70s-style denim flares and micro miniskirts – all accented with topstitching or contrast collar detailing. The house’s signature tiers and ruffles came into play too, with flared floral midi-dresses and chocolate-box broderie maxis, while sequins and floral appliqués added to the more decorative appeal.

It’s not just those colour-blocked tasselled loafers that will have impact on the high street next season. Watch for beaded or sequined western-style shooties hitting the sweet spot, along with printed head wraps and giant hoop earrings.

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Valentino Resort 19
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Valentino Resort 19

NEED TO KNOW:

  • 70s gamine influences
  • Chocolate-box frills and tiers on midi and maxi silhouettes
  • Crisply styled A-lines and fit-and-flare silhouettes
  • Luxe silk twills, snakeskin, leather and denim
  • Logo-driven prints
  • Pretty florals
  • A graphic palette contrasted with sweet pastels
  • Tasselled loafers, western-style shooties and logo-patterned sock boots
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