With the Florentine history of the Valentino maison stretching back over five decades to a young Mr V’s international debut at the Pitti Palace in 1962, the fashion pack were welcomed to the fittingly opulent Palazzo Corsini last night for what was promised to be “a tribute to men’s Couture.”
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Against the juxtaposing backdrop of mammoth Renaissance frescoes and even more mammoth digital LED screens, i-D fave Clement Chabernaud set the pace with the opening look; a double-breasted, sand coloured trench with an inflated silhouette, crisp collared shirt and tightly tied tie, topped off by what was to become the obligatory Valentino man clutch. With this their second menswear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli paid respectful homage to the house’s rich archive with classic pieces and a keen eye for meticulous detail. Gloves reigned supreme, as the Valentino man looked every bit the enigmatic Italian Bond villain (albeit a sock-less one). Highlights came in the form of a head to ankle bottle green look (suit, leather gloves and purse inc.) and several pretty impeccable black overcoats, worn best nonchalantly draped over ones shoulders. Very Valentino.
Left you wanting? The AW12 Valentino mens’ collection is be available to buy via The Corner now here.
Text: Sean Baker