Pierpaolo Piccioli Says Goodbye to Valentino

Even though fashion month is over, the industry news cycle is far from calm. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the highly anticipated second launch of Phoebe Philo’s intriguing namesake collection and heard news of her upcoming departure from her beloved brand founded by Dries Van Noten. Now, on this seemingly quiet Friday, Valentino has announced that creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli will be leaving his position at the historic Italian house.

Piccioli, who has been working with the brand since 1999, told an official: “Not all stories have a beginning or an end, some live an eternal present so brightly that they cast no shadow.” “I have been with this company for 25 years, and for 25 years I have existed and lived with the people who weave the tissues of this beautiful story that is mine and ours.”

Although Piccioli began her career at Valentino in the accessories department, she and colleague Maria Grazia Chiuri were promoted to co-creative director positions in 2008. When Chiuri left six years later to run Dior, Piccioli stepped in as chief designer; The Spring 2017 show was his first solo exhibition. Since then, she has become known for her use of bold, take-no-prisoners hues (see the official PP Pink Pantone color) and strong statement silhouettes. Interestingly, his newest collection was perhaps his first collection devoid of color; The all-black pieces stood out with their striking shapes and interesting textures.

Piccioli is known for dressing strong women with a different sense of style (Rihanna, Florence Pugh, and Suki Waterhouse have all worn her pieces on the red carpet) and focuses her collections around innovative themes rather than passing trends.

There’s been no word on Piccioli’s next move or who his successor might be, but considering Alessandro Michele and Sarah Burton are still nowhere to be found, the list of candidates is pretty strong…

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