NEW YORK — It isn’t every day that Valentino stages a runway show in Gotham, but on a Tuesday morning in the prime of resort season this week that is precisely what took place. Pierpaolo Piccioli chose to debut his pre-collection in New York, a city with an urban cachet that is ideally suited for the occasion — think elegant sportswear realized in a Valentino idiom. On the morning ten models at Next including Hiandra Martinez, Carson Zehner, Lea Issarni, Lorena Maraschi, Julia Eckhoff, Mia Speicher, Blanca Padilla, Estella Brons, Piene Burgers, and Lineisy Montero took to the runway. All told, it was a fine morning out for all parties involved and a welcome injection of elegance in Manhattan’s concrete grid the likes of which Pierpaolo Piccioli could only deliver.

Credits include: Client, Valentino; Collection, Women’s Resort 2018; Creative design, Pierpaolo Piccioli; Styling, Joe McKenna; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Music direction, Michel Gaubert; Casting, Patrizia Pilotti; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.