I love that apps like Instagram and Vogue give us instant access to Fashion Month, the trail of fashion shows that take place from New York to Paris twice a year. When I interned for 3.1 Phillip Lim in college, I remember pouring over entire magazines devoted to Fashion Week the month after it took place. These days, thanks to Instagram, etc., we can be front row next to LSD from the comfort of our cozy beds. I’m hooked.
A few Spring 2019 shows/presentations caught my eye – Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show, Brock Collection (dreamy per usual), Oscar de la Renta, and relative newcomers Beaufille and Simone Rocha – but nothing compared to the Valentino Spring 2019 ready-to-wear show that I woke up to the other morning.
Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli had escapism and the exotic artist colonies of Gauguin and Matisse in mind when he designed the exuberant Spring 2019 collection. A series of all black looks, one paired with glittery red lips, were followed by feathered, embroidered, and sequined numbers in white then saturated island tones. It was unmistakably Valentino – the vivid red, heavily decorated column gowns, and tulle confections are all signatures – but it felt fresh and cool in addition to pretty. I’m dying over the hats, the gold tribal earrings, and the touch of red on handbags (mental note: not a RockStud in sight!).
Enjoy a few of my favorite looks below.