The big fashion houses are all taking their collections abroad for their mid-season collections. Louis Vuitton went to Kyoto, Dior switched continents and hopped to L.A., and Valentino chose the Big Apple as its setting for Resort 2018 this season. Pier Paolo Piccioli was inspired by Netflix’s The Get Down—which was unfortunately just cancelled—but its Uptown, hip hop references still shined through. And while the iconic Italian fashion house has steeped itself in some hot water for the use of non-white models sporting cornrows, we’re happy to report there was definitely more diversity on the runway this time around.
That influence could be felt in sporty, zip front dresses, flirty spins on the classic track suit, and drawstring trousers that totally uplifted timeless sweats.
Some athletically-leaning ensembles felt like new and fun takes on Valentino’s classics, while others missed the mark. Do we really need any more takes on athleisure at this point? We’ll answer with a firm, “No”, but we’re all for a house trying something new.
Outerwear was poignant and spoke to real-time wear when this collection drops in October. An oversized leather jacket was paired with a cutout LBD and sneakers for a touch of downtown cool and a colorful, calf-grazing embroidered coat gave a neutral getup a complete upgrade.
Prints were vibrant and entertaining, including a lipstick motif print by iconic designer Zandra Rhodes.
The complements to the looks were as standout and gorgeous as the ensembles themselves—statement-making single earrings, winged liner, layered necklaces, and shoulder bags made the case for solely investing in accessories for the season.
And few things are as big at Valentino as footwear right now. And though most looks were anchored with resort-ready flip-flops, we loved the way socks were paired with sandals for that classic, coquettish flair.
It’s nearly impossible to pick our favorite pieces from any Valentino assortment because we essentially want it all, but the most head-turning ‘fits definitely captured our eyes and hearts. A wearable blue bomber could get major play in our wardrobes right now and a pair of utilitarian cargo shorts are a piece we wish we had in our closet immediately for Memorial Day weekend.
And with Cannes going on right now, is it even possible to think of anything else besides gowns? The house presented some beautiful options that its legion of fans including Fan Bingbing, Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, and Olivia Palermo will be certain to fawn over.
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