Essence is the extract, the concentrate of a vision. As such it represents what is permanent as opposite to the accidental. Essential are the things that retain such quality, which by its very nature is dynamic, instead of being static. Essence, in fact, fleets in its permanence.
The quest for essence and the definition of what is essential are central to the vision of the Creative Director of the Maison Pierpaolo Piccioli. While blurring staid definitions and exploring areas in which the individual is freed from constraints and limitations, the work of Pierpaolo Piccioli is characterized by an unremitting, graceful sense of pureness, by lines that are exact, streamlined and vibrating. Essential, in fact.
Maison Valentino Essentials is a quest for essence conducted within the perimeter of the masculine wardrobe and the elements that make up for it: an edit of pieces culled from the Valentino collections, streamlined to their design essence and organized into a an expandable, ever-evolving system.
As an editing of shapes and items with a particular flow and feel, Maison Valentino Essentials stems from a deeply felt, emotionally rational and rationally emotional rumination about contemporary masculinity, acknowledging that many barriers have fallen on regard of what and how a man should feel and look. For Pierpaolo Piccioli, romanticism and fragility are part of the picture, and so is diversity. This awareness activates a process in which opposites merge, fluidly.
Masculine codes are resignified in accord with the Couture spirit of the Maison, just as the Couture spirit, and the feminine extravaganza it stands for, stains and fluidifies the masculinity of tailoring. The result in formalwear charged with a sense of ease, fluidity and a genuine disregard for gender connotations and the bossy attitude of the past, but not for the authenticity of each item and its essence.
In order to create this new freedom Pierpaolo Piccioli looked at men’s fashion through the filters of Italian movie of the 50s and 60s, and at subcultures that have taken apart the idea of the iron man to entice more spontaneous ways with dressing identity. Attitude is the byword: if that changes, everything changes - it is a matter of perception. A sense effortlessness in tailoring comes forward in shapes that naturally accompany the body, however it is and of any gender or form, with the exaltation of timelessness that’s intrinsic to the Couture rituals and processes, and the humanism they stand for.
Reduced to the essence, items like tailored blazers, bermuda shorts, foulard blouses, coats, pajamas, suits and Valentino Garavani accessories express both timeliness and timelessness, turning into tools of nonconformist, individual expression, into uniforms of non uniformity, which is the essence of what fashion stands for in the view of the Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Anyone can build his wardrobe with Maison Valentino essentials:
First presented in the Valentino Rendez-Vous Spring/Summer 2022 collection, these have become an iconic piece featuring elements of the Maison, such as solid colours and refined fabrics.
A free and loose foulard amplifies the freedom of movement.
Oversized fit, lightness and versatility to create modern looks, paired with either long pants or shorts, as a disruptive element, in a fashion formal approach.
First introduced in the Valentino Collezione Milano Spring/Summer 2021, present ever since in all Valentino’s collections.
The white lining - a reference to the Maison’s tailoring, a citation of the sartorial canvas with which the draft of the suit is made - is distinctive and in contrast with the exterior.
A personal distinctive uniform with an urban feel, marked by a striking bold character.
A model already presents in past collections, it has been last seen on the Unboxing Valentino Spring/Summer 2023 runway, where it introduces the distinctive Toile Iconographe pattern in menswear, with a celebration of the VLogo.
Coats, bombers and anoraks with soft oversized shapes. Volumes are built according to the structures of Couture.
Urban and transversal vibes in new fabrics.
A signature of the Maison: statement item that allows for the free expression of identity.
Over the seasons, polished silk fabric pyjamas have been decorated with Maison Valentino’s archival prints but also presented in monotone options. The classic black version is enriched by sophisticated white piping details.
The bowling shirt, a diverse variation of the pyjama shirt in a semi-over bowling fit, is detailed with a contrasting white collar. A recognizable Valentino staple.
T-Shirts, of course, embody the starting point of the creative process, unfolding the fundamental essentiality of the wardrobe.
Iconic accessories complete and complement Maison Valentino Essentials offer:
Valentino Garavani Loco’ Bags
The total black variation with the VLogo Signature detail tone-on-tone.
The minimalist charm of a bag with an urban character. This model embodies the process of re-signification and the evolution of the iconic codes of the Maison.
Valentino Garavani One Stud XL Sneakers
The Valentino Garavani One Stud model is taken to new heights and re-imagined with the introduction of a platform sole.
Studs here become one: a single, distinctive subtle sign of unconventional expressivity that defines the Valentino community and its own romantic, punk and not conformist attitude.
Mika - 10 May 2022 - Turin
DATE: May 10, 2022
LOOK: Valentino look from the Pink PP Fall/Winter 2022-23 collection #BlackEdition especially designed for him by Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli
EVENT: The 66th Eurovision Song Contest - Opening Night
OFFICIAL TAG: @maisonvalentino
Romy Madley Croft - 6 March 2022 - Paris
CELEBRITY: Romy Madley Croft
DATE: March 6th, 2022
LOOK: Valentino look from the Rendez-Vous Spring/Summer 2022 collection and Valentino Garavani shoes
EVENT: The Valentino Pink PP Fall/Winter 2022-23 fashion show
LOCATION: Le Carreau Du Temple, Paris
OFFICIAL TAG: @maisonvalentino