Word on the street is that Valentino wants you to fall in love with its latest collection. The Italian fashion house has enlisted four contemporary poets – Greta Bellamacina, Mustafa The Poet, Yrsa Daley-Ward and Robert Montgomery – to pour out their hearts in a small publication, Valentino On Love.
The book is used as the basis for the collection, which is inspired by street poetry. Breaking with the tradition of black for colder months, a vivid palette of red, pink, white, yellow and green is used to show the warmth of love. Rich embossed silks and jacquards are layered on top of sheer chiffons for a romantic feel. Outlines are sharp to allow for more layers.
A purple dress with a cape and bow-knot belt is simply cut to show the precision of craftsmanship while a black ruffled dress is balanced with a bow-knot pink shirt.
As the collection is meant for cooler months, it is big on trenchcoats, suits and long overcoats ranging in style from sharply tailored to the popular over-sized design. One stand-out is the oversized feathered orange coat.
Chunky boots with pointy toes are perfect for all styles, while the new VSling handbag showcases a simple silhouette with a sharp focus on the brand’s signature V logo.
(This article was published at The Standard on October 25, 2019: Weekend Glitz: Poetry in motion )