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New Valentino Men’s collection features low-key florals

With the operatic and at times, spellbinding live performance by FKA Twigs serving as its backdrop and mood-setter, the FW 2020 Valentino menswear collection presented quite the emotional spectacle at Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

The songstress emerged out of the darkness of The Grand Palais chamber where the show was set, wearing a floor-length white lace gown with delicate flower embroidery from Valentino’s haute couture collection, with her face partially obscured by a beaded veil, resembling a highly embellished, sparkly fencing mask.

The nearly scene-stealing performance by the singer, who has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the Italian fashion house, threatened to upstage the looks sported by the boy models, heavily defined by prints of flower images splattered across the clothes and accessories.

“Life needs emotions,” said the luxury brand’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli to Vogue, right before the show. “Men are changing much more quickly in the last two decades because of women. And because of how work has changed.”

The feminist made designer’s thoughts were visibly present in the purposeful tailoring of the presented designs, exploring a delicate but necessary relationship between suits and haute couture.

Walking firmly and unapologetically into the tender zone of genderless fashion, the models carried mini-bags on chains and flowers in their hair, as Piccioli call for sensitivity and its appreciation was loud and clear. The “Good Lover/Bad Lover” prints on garments didn’t leave too much to the imagination, though, played in nicely with the overall message of the well-rounded collection.