The news of Maria Grazia Chirui’s departure from Valentino, which she has helmed alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli for 17 years, has come as a great shock to the fashion industry, leaving us all to wonder, will she be Dior’s next creative director?
But before all this, the former Valentino duo explored existentialism and themes of the wild and wilderness in their collection for menswear this Fall. Sending models down the runway resembling explorers embarking on a quest of self-discovery, there was a good mix of edgy punk rock and a more curious, psychedelic vibe.
Denim became a canvas that was manipulated to showcase traces of the Pacific Northwest in the form of tribal embellishments on tie-dyed jackets and jeans with a cool, rocker aesthetic. The theme of exploration was channeled through hypnotic Navajo-printed blankets and sage robes that seemed to reference a more earthy, spiritual journey. Seventies-inspired plaid was also a key print in this collection which further accentuated the punk vibes. Tartan plaid shirts, often worn together, created a patchwork of several different hues.
With a strong aesthetic that brings many ideas together, we take a look behind-the-scenes of Valentino’s Fall show to further illustrate this rebellious, inquisitive collection.