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Valentino colors our world


By Iris Edén Santiago

Special to The Star


What are spring and summer without flowers, vibrant colors, shorts and delicate transparencies?


That’s exactly what luxury fashion house Valentino proposed for resort, spring and summer 2022.


But wait. It’s just not that simple. Expect creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli to elevate these elements and turn them into memorable moments thought out to capture the mind of the younger generations and riskier, very cool and urban fashionistas.


In the latest colleziones for next year, Piccioli presents a palette of crayon colors and richly saturated hues. He -- and we -- love orange everywhere. His airy high-waisted gown in bright orange chiffon is inspiring. As is his chic monochromatic look of an orange tweed jacket with feathered cuffs over a hooded top worn with orange shorts, orange hosiery, orange platform heels and an orange signature Valentino handbag.


All this orange with a 1970s vibe. And it all works!


In fact, besides a series of heavenly white organza blouses and white embroidered tops matched with baggy jeans, both collections are a tribute to brights and jewel tones, especially purple, fuchsia, yellow and emerald green. The RTW proposals are full of tenacious color blocking, monochromatic looks, androgynous suits and relaxed garments with couture detailing.


Gladiator sandals, dense hosiery in gem tones, long floral dresses, bold prints and architectural mini dresses are fantastic and unique in every high fashion way, yet accessible and streetwise for contemporary women who look for lower-maintenance glamour.