Stephanie Hsu, Maddie Ziegler, Luna Blaise, Chiara Aurelia, Kathryn Newton, Diego Boneta, Abigail Cowen, Ella Balinska and Chikée Okonkwo came out for the Maison Valentino Essentials cocktail party at Maxfield in West Hollywood, California on Thursday evening.
The brand was fresh off a strong showing at the Golden Globes, where it dressed Selena Gomez and Eddie Redmayne, among others, and looking to keep the Los Angeles momentum going.
Founded in 1960, it was in 2016 that the Italian house embarked on a new creative direction with Pierpaolo Piccioli at the helm. Maison Valentino Essentials is his take on men’s wardrobe necessities, now available at Maxfield.
It’s a minimalist collection in black, beige, white and brown, with pops of color — bright lime green, yellow, pink, prune and purple. Silk and fine calfskin leather largely make up the everyday wear; there’s a pajama set ($1,950 for each item), a wool double-breasted jacket and pants, a variety of shirts (from a cotton short-sleeved top to a silk iteration with a neck tie), Bermuda shorts, a cotton tracksuit, low-top sneakers in black or white, and accessories that include a logo crossbody bag. Prices range from $570 for a calfskin belt to $3,150 for an anorak jacket.
The brand tapped art director Tommaso Garner and AI designer Vittorio Maria Dal Maso to visualize the look book, inspired by the world of robotics.
According to the brand, “Maison Valentino Essentials is a quest for essence conducted within the perimeter of the masculine wardrobe and the elements that make up for it: an edit of pieces culled from the Valentino collections, streamlined to their design essence and organized into a an expandable, ever-evolving system.”