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After presenting a couture collection in July that was unabashed fantasy, Valentino's Pierpaolo Piccioli swung his pendulum in the other direction for Spring 2022 ready-to-wear, showing a collection filled with practical separates and loose, casual silhouettes.

Central to the offering were shorts, baggy jeans, button-down blouses, oversized coats and capes all in soft, lightweight fabrics that could fit into just about anyone's wardrobe. That's not to say they were basic — Piccioli's flare for color was very much at play in loud, acidic purples, yellows, greens and pinks. These were balanced out by very of-the-moment chocolate browns as well as a selection of head-to-toe black looks that felt almost goth. Dresses were mostly short and sweet, with a few longer, more bohemian exceptions.

Overall, it was a very relaxed approach to glamour. Many looks were notably clean and unembellished, save for a smattering of special pieces featuring very Valentino details like lace, floral print, laser cutting and — towards the end — touches of sparkle and tulle.

This show also tried to make a strong case for gladiator sandals and combat boots, both of which have been relatively absent from the fashion zeitgeist in recent years. Could they be destined for comebacks?

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See the full Valentino Spring 2022 collection in the gallery below.

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