Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW

The last and final show of this year’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 season in Paris succeeded all of our expectations. The magnificent Pierpaolo Piccioli had the honors to close the season with a whimsical show that left everyone breathless. This Italian genius doesn’t always opt for maximalism, but when he does it’s done on a completely new level. If you expected to see a Valentino couture runway filled with glamorous but classy silhouettes, get ready to see things taking a whole U-turn.

Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW green gown

Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW pink jacket sequin pants

The long-legged beauties of Valentino were rocking extravagant pieces that are anything but ordinary. Aside from fashion, the luxury house and its creative director paid a lot of attention to hair and makeup too. In other words, they offered the complete package! Haute couture shows are all about opulence and out of this world craftsmanship, and none of that was missing.

Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW red gown

Piccioli took his high-end guests to a magical trip back to the 60’s. According to the designer, the theme of the Haute Couture Fall 2018 show was “Renaissance meets Versailles meets the ’60s whatever”. His starting point was to escape from reality and sail away into a world of dreams where clothing can be whatever you want it to be – never enough volume, never enough extravaganza. That is actually the whole concept of couture. Unlike RTW catwalks, with show pieces that are supposed to be worn right off the runway, the deepest, most vibrant fashion dreams are becoming reality through couture creations.

“With ready-to-wear, your vision of beauty relates to the times you are living in. Couture involves a deeper and more intimate perspective, to go further into your own vision of beauty.”- Pierpaolo explained.

The inspiration for this breathtaking happening came from many different and contrasting places, events and ages. It all starts with his fascination with the Greek mythology. The creative director looked back to the 17th and 18th centuries and even back to Medieval Greece. James Joyce’s Molly Bloom character, Ziggy Stardust, photographs of Deborah Turbeville, and films of Pasolini are just a part of the things that had an impact on this fabulous Fall 2018 couture collection. You’ll see a lot of drama, vibrant colors and hairstyles larger than life.

Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW yellow gown

Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW red gown

Guido Palau is the celebrity hairstylist who worked on those fabulous dos, which are as iconic as the designs themselves. Piccioli didn’t only stick to magical gowns, but also made a strong case for pants, embroidered capes, luxury jumpsuits, coats and more. It’s all done in a very surreal way that will have you wander off into a fantasy land where everything is Valentino. What an amazing ending of an even more amazing week!

Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW white pants black top cape

Valentino Fall 2018 Couture at Haute Couture PFW embroidered cape skirt

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Written by Martina Todorovska
Martina Todorovska is a content contributor for fashionisers.com and a full-time freelancer focused on the fields of fashion and beauty. What started as a way to stay busy and updated with fashion trends, turned out the be the job of her dreams. She is a graduated Doctor of Dental Medicine and currently finishing her Master Studies.