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At Valentino, haute couture reaches new heights of inclusivity

Pierpaolo Piccioli explored the otherness of fashion at the close of Parisian haute couture week.
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Once again, Valentino championed inclusivity at their Haute Couture F/W 2019-2020 show this week. More than half of the models were Women of Colour, and 1970s fashion icon 75-year-old Lauren Hutton also took to the catwalk, to the delight of FROW guests including Naomi Campbell, Celine Dion, Heidi Klum, Christian Louboutin, and Gwyneth Paltrow at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.

Starting from Pablo Picasso's concept that a "painting lives only by the one who looks at it", Pierpaolo Piccioli gave the audience pieces to dream about. From block colour to traditional Japanese prints, and hats ranging from pompom to traditional Akha hats, Piccioli certainly had a Picassoian creativity in his latest collection. 

Interestingly, each of the 71 looks in the collection is not named after a flower, as it was six months ago, but after the craftsmen and women who created the looks; "those people who worked for hours, days, months on this collection," explains Piccioli, in a collection which ultimately underlines the importance of individuality in the quest for otherness.


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