A refreshingly diverse cast hit the runway at Valentino SS22 Couture Collection

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  • While other fashion weeks are making big efforts to improve both their sustainable credentials and diversity and inclusion on the runways, the Federation de la Haute Couture de la Mode – founded in Paris in 1868 – has some way to go.
  • Today though, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli put on a runway show that took a small, satin pump-clad step in the right direction, and will hopefully encourage other couture labels to open their doors a little wider.
  • Featuring a cast of models that included a wider breadth of body shapes than we’ve come to expect from couture week, a mix of races and genders, as well as a few sexagenarian models, the Valentino show was a better reflection not just of society but also, crucially for the brand, its couture consumer.
  • Piccioli was, according to the notes, “driven by the urgency of rethinking the rituals and processes of Couture in order to create a canon that reflects the richness and diversity of the contemporary world and promoting an idea of beauty that is not absolute.
  • ” The Anatomy of Couture collection therefore centered on the notion that a woman’s body is not only a physical reality but a social construct – subject to the varying pressures of trends and fetishisation (boobs are in!

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