Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino, had the room gasping as sweeping, super light taffeta creations debuted on the runway. His collection not only received a standing ovation from the audience (including Christian Louboutin, Raf Simons, Giambattista Valli, and Clare Waight Keller), but that also reduced Céline Dion to tears on the front row as well as model Naomi Campbell who closed the show. 

Ultimately, no two gowns looked the same, which is quite an achievement in a collection of 65 looks made up almost entirely of gowns. “I don’t believe in modernist couture,” Piccioli told Vogue. “I love couture for what it is – the lightless and uniqueness” – two qualities that also transcended to the models’ exquisite feathered beauty by none other than Pat McGrath.

Classic couture combined with contemporary character, the collection captures femininity, diversity, and the meaning of a modern woman all in one. Scroll through to see the pictures from the Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 show.

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