The final show of Paris couture week was of course Valentino. It had it all – from feathers to real flower crowns, from black to golden glazed dresses. From hands of Pierpaolo Piccioli, glamorous looks glided as a Greek Gods. “With ready-to-wear, your vision of beauty relates to the times you are living in,” said Piccioli. “Couture involves a deeper and more intimate perspective, to go further into your own vision of beauty.” The season was a mashup of 17th and 18th century paintings, Greek mythology, photographs of Deborah Turbeville, medieval armour (what we can clearly see at the golden dresses) and Ziggy Stardust. As the combination may sound bizarre, the collection looks rather magnificent.

You can’t really get past the huge hair – it compliments and in the same time disappears next to the huge dresses. Are capes the new hot thing? We would wear it! Would you?

“Here, now.
Memories that chase each other and overlap with the present, to be consumed by the breath of time. A sense of surprise that passes from one glance to another, myths that take on different hues, emotions that are imprinted in the air, between the intarsias, in the weavings.
Now, in this moment, together, in and out of the frame of time.
Time is an intimate matter. It is the boundless breath of the imagination and the diligent rhythm of creation, the encounter between who imagines and who creates, bringing visions, from Kairós, that revolve around oneself, to Kronós made concrete by reality. It is the imagined that becomes substantial: the fantasy of real Haute Couture, pictured in a daydream, brought to life through emotions.
Everything has a memory: a touch is always a volatile and palpable imprinting. The hands, the mind, the thoughts, the moments: it is the dresses that connect and withhold personality and essence, points of view and gestures. An apollonian spontaneity pervades everything.
Time of times, brought together here, now, in this moment. In a glance.”


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