A caliginous jungle predominately based upon black, blues, greens and greys, Autumn/Winter ’18 for Valentino is fierce with darkness. Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli merges unstructured and tailored pieces together with a mean, masculine colour scheming to interpret on behalf of the brand, the athleisure mania of modern day society.
Subtle camo printing, now quintessential to the label, harmonise with long-overcoats and technical fabric suit-trousers to create looks appropriate for a suave mans wardrobe. Chunky white trainers and pops of blue, red and white, contrast against the inky ensembles, adding extra elements as the show goes on. A stand-out piece for PAUSE is the red-lined puffer printed with the brand name/logo around the bottom of the outerwear.
Juxtaposed on the runway are kits of wild colours: pink, orange, yellow and greens. The anomalies creep into the shadowy next season like the ready to pounce tigers adorning coats and jackets. Piccioli doesn’t force the concept, but the untamed aspects (such as spiky sleeves and collars) of Autumn/Winter ’18 are open to interpretation.
PAUSE identifies an upcoming trend seen in many of next season’s collections, leather formalwear. Blazers and trench-coats in black leather correspond with other big players within the industry to look to future of thriller/fantasy fashions.
Check out the full Valentino Autumn/Winter 2018 collection which showcased at Paris Fashion Week below: