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If you're a fashion lover who's had it up to here with the industry's current fixation on athleisure, streetwear, logomania, merch and all things millennial-inspired, you are certainly not alone. While there's nothing wrong with investing in well-made, practical, seasonless clothing — or the occasional trendy piece emblazoned with a super-hyped brand name — many everyday staples can start to feel monotonous, especially when one label after another continues to turn out collections of hoodies, denim and sneakers. Where's the fantasy gone? Isn't fashion supposed to be fun, even if you're just heading out to run a quick errand or have a quiet dinner with friends?

Valentino's Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli surely had this question in mind while designing his fantastic Spring 2018 collection. According to the show notes, he believes that fashion's main function is to "make the ordinary extraordinary," and he did just that with his lovely showing in Paris on Sunday evening. Utilitarian pieces you might not expect from the Italian house — anoraks, rain slickers, army jackets, coveralls — were given a glamorous makeover, thanks to a feminine color palette, loads of sparkling paillettes and embroideries, artful layering and oversize bows or ruffles.

Sweet silk dresses came in sporty silhouettes with halter and racer necks, and pieces like a boxy leather jacket, a black open-knit sweater and casual cutout dresses offered a bit of urban edge. Several handbags were adorned with — you guessed it! — the brand name, and others were strapped on fanny pack-style with coordinating belts. There were no plain tank tops and jeans here, people: Piccioli's versions were glittery, colorful, rich in texture and downright fabulous. Even the flat sandals were bedazzled. It was a dream wardrobe for any woman who wishes she could play dress-up every day.

It wouldn't be a Valentino show without stellar eveningwear, and the spring options range from simple, monochrome silk dresses, youthful mini party frocks and intricately embroidered gowns in mixed textures, hues and materials. While we could just continue describing this delightful collection to you, we suggest you look at it for yourself, as your imagination likely can't do it justice.

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See every look from the Valentino Spring 2018 collection in the gallery below.

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