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Got some­thing to say? There’s only one way to de­liver the mes­sage this fash­ion sea­son – via what you’re wear­ing. Fans of brands like Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Loewe can now wear their hearts on their sleeves (or chests or necks). Valentino cre­ative di­rec­tor Pier­paolo Pic­ci­oli teamed up with English artist Jamie Reid, whose CV in­cludes Sex Pis­tols al­bum cov­ers, to make a state­ment. “It seemed to the end un­til the next be­gin­ning” was one of the slo­gans em­bla­zoned across coats and totes.

Seem­ingly less op­ti­mistic was Lan­vin’s Lu­cas Ossendri­jver, whose col­lec­tion in­cluded scarves and hats bear­ing the word “Noth­ing”. But rather than a ni­hilis­tic state of mind, this procla­ma­tion spot­lighted how the de­signer was fo­cus­ing on the tech­niques be­hind the clothes, rather than the bells and whis­tles so nec­es­sary to cap­ture to­day’s eas­ily dis­tracted au­di­ence.

Bound­ary-push­ing Ba­len­ci­aga de­signer Demna Gvasalia in­trigued au­di­ences by putting “Ker­ing” – the name of the brand’s par­ent com­pany – on the front of sweat­shirts. Homage, or a wry com­ment on lux­ury con­glom­er­ates? It all de­pends on how you want to read it.

From­left: Valentino (bag),Lan­vin, Valentino, Dolce& Gabbana.

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