#PFW: Valentino Spring/Summer 19 Runway & Bags Report
5 October 2018

#PFW: Valentino Spring/Summer 19 Runway & Bags Report

Valentino‘s Spring/Summer 19 collection was all about feathers, pleating, and voluminous dresses. Save for a few, which were slightly more fitted, or cinched at the waist with a wide belt, about 90% of the collection came with a relaxed fit, and lots of fabric to give it volume: Bubble skirts, babydoll dresses, balloon sleeves, ruffled tulle, silk pyjamas, and his signature peasant dresses for evening, we also saw a pleated mackintosh on the runway The second half of the collection was all about prints, particularly, that of the Rococo-inspired variety, except in vibrant colours which brought the prints to life, in an artsy fartsy sort of way.

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

Valentino SS19 Runway Looks

If you’re expecting to see studs on the bags, well, guess what? Not even a single stud appeared on the bags. Instead, Maison Valentino’s “V” logo was front and  centre, on every single one of the bags, most of which, accented with a long knotted strip of leather dangling from it. He also gave us a glimpse of a variation of the Lock Bag but other than that, what dominated the runway, were the new shoulder bags, and shoppers.

Valentino SS19 bags

Valentino SS19 bags

Valentino SS19 bags

Valentino SS19 bags

The Verdict: The SS19 collection was certainly given the couture treatment, especially in terms of intricacies, and cut. Though not immediately apparent in the first half of the collection, but perhaps slightly more evident in the dressier, and incidentally, more colourful looks in the second half, due to the clothing being more embellished and elaborate. But, Piccioli’s genius is certainly evident – even when he uses so much fabric, there was something about the cut that ensured the clothes are never unflattering or ill-fitting on the body.

Bags-wise, I think he probably got the message because the general consensus floating around both the industry and consumers alike, is that he has overdone the Rockstuds for way too many seasons, though I still love my Rockstuds. I was a little surprised to find that there weren’t any evening bags or minaudières this season. But hey, I’m loving the vertical tote, especially in white – it’s already on my wishlist!

 

Images via Vogue Runway