FLORENCE--Last season, Valentino was the guest menswear designer at Pitti Immagine Uomo. This season, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to return to Florence during the men's trade show to present their spring 2013 menswear collection. "Due to its authenticity and sartorial spirit, Florence is the setting for this line," the show notes offered as explanation.
It was a sporty collection that seemed inspired by the street--or, more specifically, the stylish men of Pitti. Street style looks I've been seeing around the men's trade show this week were there on the runway: vintage-looking sneakers were paired with full suits, there were splashes of camouflage, neon contrasted nicely with an olive drab '70s palette, and bomber jackets were made even tougher with oversize leather elbow patches on voluminous sleeves. Of course, this is Valentino, so it was a street style sensibility elevated to couture heights. There was an emphasis on volume in the back to create a "couture look."
But the takeaway, at least for me, is that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli can make a really cool pair of sneakers as well as a gorgeous lace red carpet gown. And that those kicks look really good with an impeccably tailored Valentino suit.
Click through to see the full collection. We hope they make those sneakers in lady sizes.
Photos: Courtesy Valentino