Even though the 2019 Valentino Cruise Collection was presented in NY at the grand James B. Duke Maison on East 78th St., it doesn’t mean it lacked Italian flair. Pierpaolo Piccolo brought Roman sass (and if you’ve ever been to Italy, it’s that fierceness of remarkably dressed women running their daily errands) straight from the streets.


Assigning photographer Andrea Spotorno to shoot the lookbook with a slight paparazzi edge caught models wrapped in an array of styles from multiple eras. As Rome is infamous for being built upon a conglomerate of subterranean cities, the collection referenced the historic essence of Rome itself: a harmonious blend. With the unique mix of all over branding on headscarves to denim complimented by oversized glasses, neck scarves and ankle-wedged cowboy inspired booties, the entire collection exhaled an evident seventies feel.


The pre-collection concepts are clear for Piccoli, he wants to make Valentino a clothing line that women will actually live in. He proved his point with quotidian eclecticism: silk shirts tucked away under classic gold-buttoned blazers, poncho jackets, flares, sequinned boho dresses and dazzling slip dresses that screamed nonchalant glamour.


The refreshed branding “VLTN” with the classic, amalgamated the old and at the new along with the revitalization of the angelic white dress and butterfly motif seen on jackets to accessories.