The rebellious spirit of the Seventies reworked with a couture aesthetic defined Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino collection. “We focused on beauty and elegance, charging them with tension because contrasts create a dynamism which, for us, represents the essence of contemporary style,” said Chiuri, citing Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton’s works as inspiration. For a hyper-feminine look, there were clean, ivory wool capes worn over delicate embroidered shirts and wool skirts. But the designers also proved that they’re capable of quirkier, edgier looks. A black jacket, for example, was paired with a matching pencil skirt with an oversize structured ruffle hem.

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