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Valentino’s Couture Dreamscape Literally Brought Us to Tears

Even halfway across the world, the magic of Peter Piccioli’s dreamlike cascading gowns had us enthralled.

At Valentino’s Spring 2019 couture outing, Celine Dion was moved to tears. When we were at the maison’s Spring/Summer 2020 presentation, we saw ourselves in Dion when we found ourselves so deeply moved by the sheer beauty of the garments paraded down the runway. It’s the effect Pierpaolo Piccoli has on his show guests.

It’s not often clothes evoke such visceral reaction and we certainly weren’t anticipating for it to happen as we tuned into the livestream from the other side of the world. The show commenced with a pre-recorded Nick Knight film. To the sound of FKA twigs haunting vocals, a model suspended on a trapeze in a multi-tired feather and glistening sequinned gown illuminated the dark screen. All it really took was mere seconds for Piccioli to bring on the chills. As the cascading gowns swayed to the haunting soundtrack, we were enthralled. Piccoli and his awe inspiring couture creations held our attention in a way no other digital presentation had managed.

Then followed a real-time stream of the live presentation from the historic Cinecitta film studios in Rome — a backdrop befitting the theatrical show that ensued. Models in white gowns rendered in towering proportions suspended from a height moved with such grace reeled us in even as we watched the collection remotely. The layers and layers of feathers one piled atop another, sequins dripping all the way from mid-air to the ground, dramatic frills — supersized proportions here translated to profound impact.

At Valentino, the magic of couture was far from lost as Piccoli painted a dreamscape that transcended a physical space. In hindsight, the silver lining to streaming the collection from the comfort of our home meant having free reign to bawl our eyes out at the sheer beauty of Valentino’s couture.

Oh, you bet real tears were shed.

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