The purpose of haute couture is to make women dream, as cliché as that sounds. Hence why most brands take embellishments, glitter, lace, etc. up a notch to create elaborate pieces that results in instant love.
Pierpaolo Piccioli, however, showcased dreaming in a different sense for his first solo couture outing at Valentino. One that was understated yet fit for Roman and Greek goddesses. Think flowy-but-shapeless silhouettes and muted colors.
The details were still ornate thanks to knife-pleating, tight braiding and floral appliqués.
Beyond a flash of red or a smattering of ruffles, the overall effect was kept subtle. But it did the trick. It made you dream.