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Glitzy Valentino show sees Paris Fashion Week at fever pitch

The fashion show on Sunday (Oct 2) saw lines of black cars dropping off a slew of celebrities who, amid the commotion, just couldn't find the entrance.

Glitzy Valentino show sees Paris Fashion Week at fever pitch

A look from Valentino's spring-summer 2023 womenswear collection at Paris Fashion Week. (Photo: AFP)

Valentino's Paris fashion show on Sunday (Oct 2) saw snared lines of black cars dropping off battalions of celebrities who, amid the commotion, just couldn't find the entrance.

Seated VIP guests were sweatily crammed in together inside the Le Marais venue, waiting as the show started an hour late. While outside, screaming members of the public braved the rain for hours just for a glimpse of their favorite stars, who included Zendaya, Naomi Campbell, Florence Pugh, Erykah Badu and Ashley Park.

Fever pitch like this at Paris ready-to-wear is reminiscent of the French capital's pre-pandemic fashion scene – and one more visible sign the industry is buoyant again after the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Valentino SS2023 Paris. (Photo: AP)

"Cuts and transparencies reveal the persona," the brand said of designer Pierpaolo Piccioli's glitzy spring collection that mixed gimmicks with moments of thoughtful fashion skill.

Models with faces and necks completely covered in disturbing interlocking "V" make-up began the show, introducing the theme of the reveal.

Valentino SS2023 Paris. (Photo: AP)

The exploration of inside-out or back-to-front continued in a beautiful nude skin-like top with matching nude pants speckled sparingly with diaphanous plumes on model Anna Cleveland.

A coat had ostrich feathers peaking out from inside through the hems. The sides of some dresses were scooped out, while a dazzling purple sequined floor-length gown revealed the model's flesh only at the back.

Valentino SS2023 Paris. (Photo: AP)

Yet at times it felt as if the lauded Italian designer may have tried to fit too much in. By outfit number 91, it also felt exhausting – with fashion insiders fidgeting for the show to wrap up.

Valentino SS2023 Paris. (Photo: AP)
The Valentino finale was the true reveal of the show, which was livestreamed: The models did not even walk past seated guests as usual, but straight outside to the cheering general public, making some inside feel superfluous.
Source: AP/yy
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