Much of Valentino’s youthful spirit is expressed through the ingenious juxtaposition of opposites by Chiuri and Piccioli. Whether sheer and opaque, hard and soft, leather and lace, or sculptural and graphic, the duo’s magic lies in their ability to pull together disparate aesthetics. Case in point: The black kneehigh riding boots that infused the luxurious pieces with a rugged, grounded touch.
Women during Renaissance Italy loved their pale complexion so makeup artist Pat Mcgrath kept models’ faces natural with nude lipstick, well-groomed eyebrows, and a tint of healthy glow on the cheeks. Also taking the cue from the same ladies, who desired high foreheads, was hairstylist Guido Palau, who centre-parted and smoothed models’ locks into a low pony, adding a row of mini gold bands to the strands along the hairline.