PARIS — Another day, another debut, however not just any debut. Sunday afternoon marked the first occasion for Pierpaolo Piccioli to spread his wings and his wings alone at Valentino following the departure earlier this year of his longtime design partner Maria Grazia Chiuri to Dior. Whereas she took her bow Friday and two days later on Sunday he took his. A change of scenery, not to mention day of the week, was on the cards as Valentino went for the intimate Hôtel de Salomon Rothschild over the Tuileries and on a Sunday afternoon instead of its long held Tuesday afternoon after Chanel. These simple changes alone helped move on the agenda and herald what was already being billed as a new beginning for the maison. To that end, the collection was said to express the designer’s instincts, almost primal feelings that unflinchingly draw a line from Bosch to punk rock. On the afternoon nine models from across the Next network including Lorena Maraschi, Wangy, Selena Forrest, Julie Hoomans, Marjan Jonkman, Yana Van Ginneken, Lineisy Montero, Liza Ostanina, and Caroline Reagan featured in the runway show. That longtime Valentino model Yana was in the lineup suggest amongst others that despite all the talk of radical breaks with the past, a modicum of continuity is well and truly in order.

Credits include: Client, Valentino; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2017; Clothing design, Pierpaolo Piccioli; Styling, Karl Templer; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Casting, Patrizia Pilotti; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.