The legacy of Valentino Garavani and his namesake label is evening wear — the kind of fantastical, breathtaking garments that exude the height of glamour and luxury. For the brand’s fall winter ’23 collection at Paris Fashion Week, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli looked at the masculine version of evening wear — the black tie tuxedo — to invert those codes of glamour and femininity. Literal black ties were paired with everything from mini skirts to feather coats, giving evening wear a more casual and even gritty touch. Gowns were accented with monochrome versions and leather helped to give a bit of daytime to the collection.
On foot, feather heels balanced the masculine looks while black leather combat boots tempered the minis. The Rockstud also made an appearance, particularly in a black-and-white checked pump.