For Fall 2019, Pierpaolo Piccioli takes on ballet as the starting point for Red Valentino’s Collection. The art form has always been a reference for multiple designers in the past. Just last Spring 2019, Piccioli’s former co-designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, also touched upon dance for her seasonal Dior offering. Here, however, it’s a much lighter and more romantic take, as one might expect from Red Valentino. Consisting of students of Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Danza dancing about in the newest pieces, the lookbook highlighted the clothes’ airiness and floaty elegance that allows the wearer to dance in them. Rococo floral prints in shades of crimson, blush, and black add a severe and slightly melancholic edge to the offering, further pushing Piccioli’s romantic narrative. The outerwear, on the other hand, provided the perfect juxtaposition of the many free-flowing floral frocks because they were structured and tailored. The menswear was also tailored but had an ease to them that allowed the men to move just as gracefully as the women. All in all, this new line encapsulates the everyday lives of ballet dancers, and how even though their wardrobe, they’re able to project such beauty in this world.
Photo: Courtesy of Red Valentino