The set for the Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2017 show—Pierpaolo Piccioli's first solo couture outing—wasn't terribly extravagant, but it didn't have to be; the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild decked in a number of artworks courtesy of the Trioche DeLeon Collection was the fitting elegant backdrop for the equally graceful looks that came floating down the runway. 

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Piccioli looked back in time for this collection—back to Greek myths and legends, and the classical aesthetics and dreamscapes they conjure. The show opened with an ivory crepe plissé column dress. The simple, straight silhouette gently commands attention as the floor-grazing hem moves languidly with each step the model takes. It paved the way for the looks to come, each as beautiful and dreamy as the last, with modest yet alluring shapes that were ethereal in motion. Behind each fluid silhouette though, lies exquisite technique and handcrafted skills. Take look 36 for example, a work of over 300 hours of craftsmanship, with each ruffle painstakingly hand finished and hand stitched.

 

To see out the show was a Valentino classic, an airy gown of tulle and chiffon embroidered in rhinestones for a quietly dazzling finish. Take a look at the full collection below:

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