Close up: Valentino FW20

 Have you noticed how many Paris Fashion Week shows have opened with head-to-toe black? It’s almost as if the city’s designers anticipated the dour state of things and the dark moods we’d all be in as the coronavirus crisis escalates. As the Valentino show took place, word spread that the Louvre Museum had not opened to the public today. 

The clothes on the runway presented a striking contrast with the last-season Valentino outfits in the front row, which were neon bright and covered in jungle prints. Asked afterwards if he was feeling newly serious, Pierpaolo Piccioli said, “No, but fashion must be relevant.”

Backstage Piccioli said, “What I wanted to do was a portrait of a moment with no categories. Fashion has to record and embrace big changes in the world. We have to encourage tolerance and equality.”