Look of the Week: Valentino Menswear Fall 2012
Kicking off the Fall 2012 menswear collections with a special runway show at the Fall-Winter Pitti Uomo convention in Florence (a tradeshow for the who’s who of menswear designers and taste-makers), Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri sent out a pitch perfect lineup for Valentino’s fall men’s line. While the mood of the show was 60′s inflected, the clothes themselves were unequivocally modern. Jackets and outwear came with almost couture like rounded shoulders and almost every look included slim fit dark trousers, cut to show off slivers of bare ankle as the models walked by in shiny patent wingtips that matched their shiny leather dopp kits.
A study in precision tailoring and a sparse (but rich) minimalism, the show was a testament to the Roman elegance and attention to craft that is the house’s calling card. While the Grey tweed overcoats with clever tab closures to facilitate cape-like wear were certainly lust worthy, my favorite look from the show was a forest green leather, three button blazer with contrast lapels worn with a navy crew neck, white shirt, black tie and the requisite black trousers. It was an old school silhouette that looked effortlessly and desirably modern coming down the runway.
-Thomas Dai 14′