Valentino puts twist on universal items for new range
Valentino's season-less capsule collection has a "unique" outlook on wardrobe staples.
The fashion house, helmed by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, is offering a new line for men and women full of simple, everyday pieces. News of the Rockstud Untitled line broke in March (16) and for the designers who are known for their extravagant work, it proved a challenge to create more laidback garments.
“It’s difficult, because these items are universal,” Piccioli told Wall Street Journal. “So we tried to see them from a unique perspective.”
“We wanted to do the best classic trench, the best leather jacket, the best camel-hair coat - the pieces you have for a long time,” Chiuri noted.
Piccioli and Chiuri handle Valentino's haute couture and men and women's ready-to-wear lines, as well as its accessories range, where they began at the label.
For their latest range, the pair turned to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which focuses on impermanence and imperfection. They also looked at the art of kintsugi, in which lacquer mixed with gold-leaf powder helps mend broken ceramics, creating beautiful finishes.
“Wabi-sabi concerns metamorphosis, and our aim was to renew these classics with the Rockstud,” Piccioli explained.
Meanwhile, kintsugi came into play when the designers used their iconic stud for practical use on the new pieces, such as conjoining seams. Accessories play a part in the range too, with white leather sneakers just one of the offerings.
There are 24 items; 12 men's and 12 and women's, all of which come in a canvas pouch, and the duo hope they can offer the line indefinitely.
“We want to maintain this line as part of our core - if we want to introduce more later, of course we can do that,” Chiuri said, adding that simple items are a great place to begin in forming personal style. “In a way, the items that you rely on let you evolve your story and identity.”