Valentino couture spring summer 2023

January 28, 2023

Valentino le club couture ss23

Pierpaolo Piccioli presents the Valentino couture spring summer 2023 collection in Paris. The show is titled LE CLUB COUTURE.

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Collection Notes


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Valentino club couture
Valentino Couture, SS23

Valentino Le Club Couture

The impossibility of Haute Couture - an expansion of the imagination, a space beyond reason. Couture is a sphere of fantasy and freedom, of the unique, where craft is not a fetishistic reflection of value but a means and methodology to achieve improbabilities, challenge perceptions, to create bold new realities. Fabric becomes a chiaroscuro across the body; volumes float, cuts are invisible, and a chiffon ribbon may suspend a ball gown. The unbelievable becomes material; imagination becomes real.

Pierpaolo Piccioli

Harnessed on this fundamental virtue of Haute Couture, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli conceives an impossible rendez-vous between the universes of Couture and the club. Perceived polarities can provoke dialogue, another impossibility: a synergetic, spontaneous language is found between the lexicon of Couture and the world of nightclubbing.

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Their shared values: mutual gestures of extravagance, the notion of clothes as tools of transformation, crafting an authentic self, a dichotomous yet dual vocabulary of display and revelation, and performance through life. And, above all, a plurality of beauty, beauty as individuality, a heroic expression of inner truth made outer. They are fashioning a dream - the opportunity to become.

Shifting perception and perspective, context is altered - Couture is presented within new environs to emphasize this essential exchange. There is a symbiosis between the club's characters and Maison Valentino's imprimatur; boldness is conveyed through color and graphic pattern, embellishment, and volume.

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Volant ruffles invent new architectures around bodies, and polka-dots and stripes are reinterpreted through the cut, forming two dimensions from three. Couture tropes are challenged through their celebration, embroideries, and hand-drapes, pale pink feathers knotted with black satin bows. A play with scale magnifies details to resonate. The glamour of Valentino is resignified, reflective of the self-expression of a new generation.

And within the egalitarian arena of the club, Couture itself transmutes ideologically: here, it may become democratic, a proposition of universal enjoyment, a symbol of emotional resonance. The sign value of Haute Couture is thus transformed - Couture becomes an emblem of uniqueness, personality, identity, and character and an evocation of the purest human joy of dressing and dressing up.

Andy Butler, photographed by Niki Moens

Andy Butler

Andy Butler is a songwriter and producer best known for his project Hercules and Love Affair. Over the years, he has been honored to have collaborated with artists such as ANOHNI (Antony and the Johnsons), Sharon Van Etten, John Grant, Faris Badwan (of The Horrors), and Mashrou Leila. Over the years, this has seen him deftly navigate many different sonic worlds, his music lighting up dance floors at one moment and nudging listeners into contemplation and emotional catharsis at others.

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His music has been released on EMI, Atlantic, and BMG. Hercules and Love Affair’s breakthrough was undoubtedly his collaboration with a dear friend, the ANOHNI above, “Blind,” which was named Pitchfork Media’s number-one song of 2008.

His most recent album, “In Amber” was voted the number one album of the year by the Arts Desk. Butler’s music can be heard in feature films such as 2017’s Oscar-nominated “Lion” as well as many notable television programs, he has soundtracked runway shows, and in 2018 he performed five songs from the Hercules and Love Affair catalog with the BBC Heritage Orchestra for their celebration of New York City.

He is honored to have soundtracked the 2023 Haute Couture show for Valentino, bringing the club to the runway once again.