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Editorial

For this new Valentino collection, Pier Paolo Piccioli moved in two directions: the first continued his collaboration with Jun Takahashi of Undercover, which began in the last menswear collection, while the second drew on the Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry launched in Florence in 2010 by a collective in which poets share their work anonymously on walls in cities around the world. Piccioli commissioned Scottish artist Robert Montgomery and three writers, Greta Bellamacina, Mustafa The Poet and Yrsa Daley-Ward, to contribute to a small volume, ‘Valentino on Love’, excerpts of which were printed or embroidered on the coat linings, knits and dresses of various shapes and lengths. The collaboration with Takahashi produced a pop-punk reinterpretation of a 19th-century neoclassical sculpture of kissing lovers complete with an array of roses, which was printed on outerwear, dresses and even on some of the big cloche hats that elongated the already vertical silhouette.