A new chapter written solely by Piccioli opened, and it read just beautifully. Piccioli is an avid researcher, a fan of the Renaissance, an expert in all forms of couture techniques, and even more importantly, is curious and open to the world beyond the Valentino headquarters in Rome. The first step he took was to liberate the ready-to-wear show from the darkness and anonymity of a tent in the Tuileries, and let the light stream in on the girls who walked around the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild—already a change for the better. They were wearing a collection he’d based on looking at a lot of medieval art, but particularly at Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights—not that the clothes read as historicist at all. It was indeed: a magical series of handkerchief-hemmed, diaphanous dresses in pinks to reds came out, delicately printed or embroidered with patterns of birds and fantasy vegetation. The girls, their hair done in simple braids, had fresh faces and rosebud pink lips. On their feet were velvet sandals or wonderful dusty-pink suede slippers with a low block heel and ankle straps. If there was one bag at Fashion Week with a huge presence, it was Valentino’s quilted medium and small shoulder bag. The quilted bag featured major details, which was spotted adorning the arms of front – row regulars from Caroline Issa and Yasmin Sewell to bloggers like Leandra Medine and Aimee Song. In other words, this bag is getting around.  This black bag is a smart, carry-anywhere classic. It discreetly reveals the designer provenance via the suede and leather. Its complete with a secure zip and capacious interior, so rely on it every day.

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