The location is the Piccolo Teatro, a symbolic place of Milanese and Italian culture, but which, due to the pandemic, has been closed for a year now. So we see it even now, without an audience, with empty seats illuminated only by the vast Valentino V logo. The show is just the fashion, with models who become actors and spread their art in live streaming. The context is the last day of Milan Fashion Week. The Act Collection by Pierpaolo Piccioli romantically rewrites the punk rules, with a look to the future based on timeless refinement.
The capsule is an ode to gender fluidity, expressed through masculine and feminine looks that use the same type of garments. A further celebration of subversive subcultures, this time not represented by the studs of the Rockstud line, but rather based on a more conceptual approach.
There are only two colors: white and black, except for a few hints of gold, but shallow, because to start over, you have to start from the essential. On the other hand, the optical contrasts between chess and precious finishes are the winners. The tailored cut is exceptionally contemporary. So, cuts emerge in the knitwear, almost to reference Lucio Fontana’s works and his abstractionism in going beyond the boundaries of space and time. If the man boasts a marked sensitivity in being introverted, the Valentino woman dares with extreme sensuality but remaining impeccably elegant, thanks to very precise miniskirts and transparencies borrowed from the couture atelier.
Once again, the Maison knows perfectly how to hit the target with its direct and concrete storytelling. The Act Collection is a collection faithful to the present.