By  on October 29, 2019

Pierpaolo Piccioli remains remarkably discreet in a culture in which privacy is an endangered condition. He bears none of “The Last Emperor” hauteur of house founder Valentino Garavani, whose aristocratic bearing and grand lifestyle helped secure his brand’s position in the world of haute couture. Piccioli doesn’t even live in a major fashion center. Rather, he commutes to Rome, the city he loves and which has deep emotional resonance for him and his work, from Nettuno, a seaside town an hour away.

It’s from that vantage point that Piccioli has changed fashion, reframing the Valentino identity with a lyric grace expressed in major volumes and a daring way with color that rivals that of Yves Saint Laurent.

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