PFW SS19: The 10 Best Looks From Valentino’s Playful But Perfectly Poised Runway

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Valentino SS19

The collection had an easy fluidity and breezy confidence

For SS19, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli reflected on the idea of paradise, and especially about the way artists throughout history have gone to these far away lands to explore their art and their identities. He warned, however, that this collection was not an exercise in escapism. Instead, it was about looking at the world from within, bearing in mind that freedom is not escape but presence.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli and Kristen McMenamy backstage at the Valentino SS19 show @maisonvalentino

For the occasion, iconic 90s supermodel Kristen McMenamy opened the show wearing a long black taffeta dress in a loose silhouette, with a pair of gold hoop earrings. The last time the model was seen on the runway was for Atelier Versace’s spring/summer 2013 show.

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Models backstage the the Valentino SS19 show @maisonvalentino

After a series of all black cotton looks, the collection gradually morphed into an explosion of colour in the form of sequined and feathered chiffon, and silk and tulle dresses. There was also no shortage of larger-than-life silhouettes, playful florals, and over-the-top accessories, which included giant hats and leather sandals studded with feathers.

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Kaia Gerber backstage at the Valentino SS19 show @patmcgrathreal

Bejewelled eyes and lips, in shades that complemented the clothes, care of makeup legend Pat McGrath showcased beauty escapism at its finest. Kaia Gerber donned the most elaborate of all the looks, with green Swarovski crystals placed in a rounded wing shape that extended across the brow.

You can click through the gallery below to check out our 10 favourite looks from the Valentino SS19 show.

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  • Words by Gracie Stewart