The new Valentino Spring/Summer 2017 collection sprouts from a highly imaginative exploration of doing. Inspired by the exhibition at The Met Breuer in New York Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, which explores the theme of the unfinished through over 500 years of art history – unfinished as a poetic decision or illuminating fortuity – Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli interrogate themselves on what the mind can assume and the hand can accomplish, and decide to reveal this process.
The graceful silhouette is defined by an idea of pragmatic modularity: shirts, blousons, dust coats and high waisted trousers are produced in the same fabric, just like uniforms. Unsewn linings create overlapping effects. Loose stitchings run through certain parts of the items as if forgotten tackings. Intarsia zoomorphic embellishments are disrupted and then picked up again, while the broderie anglaise technique is used to create ethereal textures. On the shoes, staples and stitching reveal the sum of all parts. The condensed colour palette made of black, blue, flat grey, dyed blue and canvas écru underlines the aim to perfection.
Determining whether a piece is completed even if part of it remains unfinished, reveling the authentic essence of the craftsmanship of the atelier, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli celebrate and share the intimate roots of their vision, converting with prompt and safe gestures emotions into the product.