Prestige (Singapore) - - FASHION -

Held at the Hô­tel Salomon de Roth­schild, the fi nal show of Haute Cou­ture Week pre­sented Pier­paolo Pic­ci­oli’s new, in­ti­mate per­spec­tive for Valentino.

His fan­tasy of rar­efied art nes­tled in the ech­e­lons of fash­ion pushed the bound­aries. It un­furled in a 63-look col­lec­tion brim­ming with ex­trav­a­gantly rich hues, su­per­sized, al­most avant garde pro­por­tions, and jaw­drop­pingly amaz­ing crafts­man­ship, topped with Guido Palau’s ex­u­ber­ant flo­ral head­pieces or glo­ri­ously teased colos­sal coifs.

Cou­ture, Pic­ci­oli said, in­volved a deeper, more in­ti­mate dive into one’s vi­sion of beauty. You can’t help but get swept away in his dream.

THE OPENER Fran Sum­mers swept into the room in the Sogno ad alta voce (“I dream aloud” in Ital­ian) en­sem­ble of wool jump­suit with an em­broi­dered cape. Re­quir­ing more than 1,120 hours of hand­craft­ing, the in­tar­sia of peau de soie, mikado, faille and lurex fea­tured Léda et le Cygne (“Leda and the Swan” in French) and Nar­cisse (“Nar­cis­sus” in French) from Greek mythol­ogy.

THE AC­CES­SORY Last sea­son, Philip Treacy’s ethe­real feath­ered hats spun magic for Valentino. This time, Palau turned to Pan­tone-pow­ered blooms that played matchy-matchy with the dresses.

THE MAKE-UP With th­ese state­ment heads, Pat Mcgrath fol­lowed the memo in her own way with a badass stroke of metal­lic wingtip.

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