Summer in black for the Valentino woman? It seems so, judging by the first 14 looks in the show and a few others too. But colour exploded later in the show, and not only Valentino red but also orange, pink and multi-colours, accompanied by bold prints. And the clothes? Pier Paolo Piccioli spoke of the collection in terms of exotic paradises and the artists’ colonies where Gauguin hung out, and Martinique. Dreamy, inspirational places, but also places for existential musings. Giant straw hats and flat sandals with feathers were worn with dresses of various lengths but mainly long hemlines, with long, loose billowing sleeves, finely pleated or in floral lace, with a wide belt or fluid tunic, with transparencies or deep necklines. Monochrome later gave way to bold floral prints inspired by Matisse, curls and flowers and sparkling transparencies in the finale.