The polished rebel
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.”