At their resort presentation, Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli placed some of their footwear on black pedestals with numbers emblazoned on the sides: 40.49’18,” 41.05’59,” 39.48’39” and so on. “It’s the number of hours, minutes and seconds it took for each pair to be completed,” explained Piccioli. “We wanted to show how luxury is about time.” That statement also held true (beautifully so) for the collection as a whole — each garment was exquisitely crafted, constructed and embellished. The duo played on couture silhouettes (e.g. the structured leather cape) and whipped up gorgeous silk and lace shirtdresses, blouses and gowns, some cut in all whites, others done in lovely florals. “This is about joyfulness and prettiness,” added Chiuri, noting her buzzwords for the season, while Piccioli chimed in with another: “effortlessness.” And indeed, while the designers definitely know their way around the glam, romantic stuff, they also demonstrated a deft hand at simple nonchalance with draped T-shirt dresses, an argyle and lace pullover and, for evening, sleeks jumpsuits and a cotton piqué gown.

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