Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli said they wanted to send out a message of “peace, love and harmony” with their pre-fall collection for Valentino. To this end, they channeled the free-spirited multiculturalism of the bohemian lifestyle, translating it into a beautiful lineup that referenced the Seventies in its silhouettes and prints but was also infused with a fresh, modern appeal.

The duo teamed up with textile designer Celia Birtwell, who created exquisite floral patterns, inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s “La Primavera,” used for a range of chic, hyper-feminine dresses. These included an allover embroidered silk georgette maxi style with long sleeves and a printed minidress with contrasting lace inserts on the bodice that gave it a delicate, youthful twist.

The collection’s sophisticated take on daywear was focused on pattern and texture: Rich embroideries and brass studs with an ethnic feel peppered a silk and wool blazer, worn with a silk georgette shirt and washed denim pants featuring contrasting stitching; a cool hooded Kalgan fur coat was matched with denim culottes, and a clean-lined cashmere coat was artfully embellished with graphic multicolor embroideries and suede details.

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