Valentino Le Noir 2024

woman wearing Valentino Sunglasses from Fall/Winter 2024 campaign

Maison Valentino Creative Director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, has always considered color a powerful channel of immediate and direct communication – one consistently utilized as a means of recalibrating perception, reappraising form and function. For the Valentino Le Noir Fall/Winter 2024-25 collection, Pierpaolo Piccioli reconsiders Valentino through the lens of black – here representative not of an absence of color, nor an exercise in monochrome or monotone, but rather the discovery of an entire spectrum of shades, infinitely nuanced, within one.

As a color, black has always held within itself a multitude of definitions and meanings, ever-transforming, perceived by all. The blacks of Mark Rothko, the reflective blacks of Pierre Soulages, and the sculptural black forms of Constantin Brâncuși express the breadth of syntax, the language of black. Representative of universality and individuality, of uniform and idiosyncrasies, black physically functions like no other color, absorbing light. Its depths are explored, a lexicon of black is presented. Likewise, philosophically, it absorbs our projected cultural definitions and ramifications, memories, and meanings. Here, black can become a color not of sobriety but of exuberance, a shade that offers a rebellion to romance, a sharp graphicism to flou.

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A color of the every day, here black is amplified, used to recontextualize the signs and signifiers of Valentino – rosettes, ruffles, embroideries, lace. A reimagining of the codification of Valentino, volants and plissé abstract into chiaroscuro, while its tailoring language is translated into dresses, fragility afforded a strength. Patterns, embroideries, fabrics, give different lives to black – the technique named by Valentino Altorilievo (High Relief) is executed in tulle, falling like shadows across the body. Shapes are given sculptural quality in intense velvets and crêpe, while transparencies of chiffon veil the skin. Within a universe of black, gestures drawn from the past can become new, observed from a fresh viewpoint, given a different identity. The archetypical silhouettes of Valentino, glamorous lines and definite shoulders unmistakably drawn from the 1980s, are re-examined without nostalgia, sharpened to delineate bodies of today. A contraposition in black, between lightness and toughness, then and now.

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Black can challenge and explode stereotypes – as Baudelaire intimates, black holds within itself its own democracy. Day and evening blur together, precious silhouettes and embellishments are given new reality, and relatability. As you can say ‘Rosso Valentino’, we may say ‘Noir Valentino’.

woman wearing Valentino Sunglasses from Fall/Winter 2024 campaign

 

About Valentino

The Maison Valentino was founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti. Valentino is a protagonist of international fashion, and from 2008 until 2016, has gone through an impactful creative evolution.

The Maison Valentino plays a major role in the luxury division through tradition and innovation, a necessary combination for a creative industry that generates the sense of beauty.

Valentino is amongst the leaders of international fashion to believe in the elevated added value that derives from a global vision of style, developed through collections of Haute Couture, Prêt-à-Porter, Valentino Garavani accessories, eyewear, and fragrances licensed in partnership with L’Oréal.


About Akoni Group

Built upon the firm belief that eyewear should be a true luxury belonging, instead of simply just another additional accessory, Akoni Group aims to set itself apart by a determined commitment to craftsmanship, expertise, and quality. The company was founded in 2019 by Rosario Toscano, Group CEO, and Salma Rachid, Creative Director, to advance their shared values, interests, and passions.

Akoni Group’s production takes place in the world’s finest workshops, in Japan, utilizing only the highest quality materials and time-honored and cutting-edge production techniques. Master craftspeople dedicate decades of their lives to mastering their crafts and passing their knowledge through generations. Every hinge, temple, and component used is thoughtfully considered and uniquely crafted. Akoni Group designs first for the human form, applying practical concepts and innovations towards comfort, aesthetic, fit and function. Each frame reflects a unique journey from concept to construction. There are no finer eyewear craftspeople anywhere on earth.

 

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