July 4, 2019 / 4:03 PM / 2 months ago

Kimonos and colossal bows fill Valentino's colourful catwalk

PARIS (Reuters) - Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli went for an explosion of bold colours at Valentino’s Haute Couture collection, switching from mustard yellow to fuchsia to azure with supermodel Gigi Hadid walking in purple.

A model presents a creation by Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli as part of his Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2018/2019 for fashion house Valentino in Paris, France, July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Clashing textures with silks, woollen fringes and pom poms also gave the outfits a subtle complexity. Some models wore ornate beaded hats in the style of traditional tribal headpieces.

American actress Gwyneth Paltrow and models Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell figured among the stars on the front row at the Paris runway show late on Wednesday.

Hadid sported a kimono-inspired lilac gown, complete with gemstone-encrusted white, jade and orange embroidery and a colossal bow resting askew on her shoulders.

Piccioli has been Valentino’s sole creative director since 2016 but has been with the label since 1999. His bouffant dresses and vibrant use of colour have garnered the brand fresh acclaim after founder Valentino Garavani retired in 2007.

One surprise on the runway came in a green dress and glittering trench coat, as 75-year-old model Lauren Hutton wowed the crowd in four-inch mustard heels and sparkling fuchsia gloves.

The fashion house said in a note that the collection aimed to celebrate individuality, diversity and inclusivity.

After the finale, Piccioli walked the runway hand-in-hand with the team of women and seamstresses who crafted the intricate pieces.

The label’s Qatari owners, investment vehicle Mayhoola, had examined plans to list Valentino on Milan’s stock market, sources told Reuters in late 2017, although the company has been evasive about such plans since.

The show wrapped up this season’s Couture Fashion Week, where an elite club of top-end designers show off elaborate, hand-made creations.

The event ends on Thursday as with jewellery brands presenting their high-end collections.

Writing by Rachel Joyner; Editing by Sarah White and Andrew Heavens

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