Red alert: Pierpaolo hits the Valentino sweetspot

Red Valentino, just like many lower-priced brands, often suffers by comparison to its luxe big sister. Just look at what happens around catwalk time. The few paragraphs (at most) people dedicate to Red are nothing compared to the endless pontificating on the meaning of this colour or that embroidery from the mainline Valentino collection.

Carolina Herrera SS17

SS17 key trend: Denim in the spotlight

Exactly two years ago, the biggest runway story was the fact that the collections we’re awash with denim for SS15. Fast forward 24 months and designers may have calmed down a bit when it comes to high-end denim but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important as a trend fabric. In fact, it’s so important…

McQ Alexander McQueen, Red Valentino, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, M Missoni, SS17

SS17 runway: Top trends from four big names

The SS17 action wasn’t all about what happened on the runways yesterday as four major names released the lookbooks for their secondary lines. Red Valentino, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, M Missoni and McQ by Alexander McQueen all offered clues as to the direction this quartet of influencers will be following for their mainline labels, as…

Pre-fall 16 influencer: Red Valentino

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli continue to make Red Valentino as big an influencer as its (more expensive) mainline elder sister Valentino. Let’s hope they don’t get any ideas about label-merging, something many other  brands are doing at the moment.