Sumary of Rebirth in Venice Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino haute couture collection was a breath of fresh air.:
- Photos: Courtesy of Valentino A week after the Paris haute couture shows ended, Pierpaolo Piccioli held the Valentino show in Venice, in the magical watery setting of the Gaggiandre, a shipyard built in the mid-1500s.
- The choice of Venice — rather than Paris, where Valentino has long anchored the couture collections — was more than a little symbolic.
- But as he told me in Paris during a preview, when a model appeared in a long shirtdress of teal silk satin, “I’m not naming the colors anymore.
- He looked at the work of many contemporary artists, but eventually reached out to 18 people, primarily painters, among them the Michigan-born Patricia Treib, the Rwanda-born Francis Offman, and the Italian Benni Bosetto, whose work often combines drawing, sculpture, and performance.
- To have a kind of open conversation with kindred souls, and at the same time, keep alive the codes of the Rome-based couture house.