An haute couture fashion week is never complete without the Valentino show, ending the week with the perfect note, always. Pierpaolo’s first solo take on the label’s couture collection resulted in an interminable round of applause.

First, I have to mention that this is the only show that requested a minute of silence in memory of the iconic Franca Sozzani, what a beautiful gesture, I spotted tears in the eyes of many of the editors in the room. It’s important to remember that fashion is mostly about these people that shaped the industry and empowered others to do so. Franca Sozzani, it’s my turn to say that as an Arab, I’m forever grateful for your incredible support to our emerging designers, you were one of the first to do so, especially for the current young talents.

If we had to spot two main sewing elements that really marked the show, I would say the use of pleats and ruffles. The majority of the gowns that walked the runway were floor-length and felt so light, airy as if the creative Director meant to bring a breeze to the world of Couture. In his own words, this collection celebrates the essence of Haute Couture. A wonderful way to start his solo Haute Couture journey with the Maison.

Going back to the pleats, I have to say it was a very strong elements. I loved how we saw beaded pleats, printed pleats, but also pleats created using thicker fabrics like taffeta. One of my favorite dresses has a cape entirely made of pleats, contrasting with the frontal part of the dresses, genius. The ballet-shaped ruffle gowns reminded us of the savoir-faire of the house, and how every single stitch is handmade for Couture collection.

And because Couture is never complete without a little spark le, many gowns were embroidered using metallic threads or made of entirely beaded patterns. We love.