The pol­ished rebel

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It was one of Pier­paolo Pic­ci­oli’s first solo show­ings for Valentino (his co-cre­ative di­rec­tor of over a decade Maria Grazia Chi­uri left in July last year), and he chose to fo­cus on a “punk” theme for the sea­son.

The col­lec­tion had a col­le­giate feel to it though. This was ev­i­dent in the pair­ing of sweaters worn over shirts with slim black bow ties, as well as shrunken suit jack­ets and duf­fel coats.

“I loved punk as a state of mind – an­ar­chy of the mind,” Pic­ci­oli pointed out. “Men have def­i­nitely changed more than women in the last two decades. I started this col­lec­tion by go­ing back to the idea of the gentle­man.

“To me, to­day it means to be a gen­tle man. Gen­tle­ness is an ex­pres­sion of free­dom. Ex­press­ing your fragility is the new strength. Af­ter all, in or­der to break the rules you have to first know the rules.”

Valentino

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