May 13, 2021

Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli Says Goodbye Suit, Hello VLTN

PARIS — “I like the idea of Valentino goes street. It’s more interesting to me not to be distant,” Pierpaolo Piccioli said as he surveyed the mood board of his spring men’s collection at the brand’s headquarters on Place Vendôme.
The designer has made the bold choice this season not to include a single suit, the better to shine a light on his upscale take on sportswear — think track suits and Windbreakers embroidered with colored beads, and bright sneakers with ethnic flourishes such as detachable leather fringing.
“I wanted to be very precise on this idea of street. I think there’s a dignity in the street and in sports,” Piccioli said. “These pieces are really strong and of-the-moment. They express the culture of the moment and even the culture of the moment of the brand: couture meets street.”
Valentino is no stranger to the casualwear game: In recent years, its Rockstud and Rockrunner sneakers have earned cult status.
But since taking over the sole creative direction of the brand, following the departure of Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Piccioli has been pushing increasingly adventurous looks, starting with his collaboration last season with Jamie Reid, the English artist best known for his Sex Pistols album

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