Sublime Resort 2018 Valentino by Pierpaolo Piccioli Brilliant Pink Velvet Dress w Side Cut Outs

The twin of this dress walked the runway as Look 65 for the 2018 Resort Valentino season. This was Pierpaolo's second pre-season show for the label and for it 'He said (to Vogue) that he fell for Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix show The Get Down. Connected to the street and erupting with color, it pushed the Valentino vocabulary forward, out of the realm of the inviolably precious and into the world of the everyday.' Even with that more street style feel in mind he still closed the show with a series of stunning long dresses that felt very grown up and elegant. The twin on this dress was the second last look of the collection and it is stunning. I am glad I have the runway photos and a reference video for you because they show how beautiful it is once on the body and moving. 

I love this dress. It feels thoroughly Valentino but it also feels so timeless that it feels like a piece that you can own forever. Then when you add in that spectacular brilliant pink colour that it is done in, it is just a pure joy to see. The dress is made from a fine light weight velvet that is cut on the bias. This is what lets it move so beautifully over the body once it is on. When you walk the fabric of the skirt catches the air and billows out around you. The colour is a beautiful vivid pink and the velvet is the perfect fabric choice to hold that spectacular colour. The neckline is a shallow scoop and the bodice is cut to skim over you with deep cut arm holes at either side. The waist has a seam but is cut with a more generous feel. I love the little cut outs that sits above the seam on either side of the waist. This is very typical of how he adds a little sexiness into his pieces but still keeps them very elegant in feel. The skirt falls from there, skimming over the hips and then falling outwards to be quite full as it nears the hem. The skirt is cut beautifully with an inverted pleat down on each side at the front so it falls almost like a set panel at the front and back. That and the bias cut of it is what gives it that beautiful effect it has when you move. The precision in cut to have this all fall and move so beautifully should not be underestimated. This was never worn and still has its original hang tags. Excellent condition with a small note below

Fully lined in a pink silk, and closes with a hidden set side zipper below the waist. There is a combination of hook and eye and silk covered snaps on just above the cut out to close the bodice. It buttons at the back of the neck over a keyhole. There is a bit of grubbiness that looks like marks from being hung on the top of the shoulders and a faint pen mark near the waist. Please see the photos after the label shot. Ribbon finished interior seams. Tagged a modern Valentino 6 and is in its original uncut length. The original price of this dress was $9600 USD

Bust: the sides are open & the bust covers 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Underbust where the armholes end: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam 
Elastic waist at bottom of the bodice: 14.5-16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist at the top of the skirt: 15.25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of shoulder to waist
Total length: 65" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4579

Reference Photos/Video: (1-3) Resort 2018 Valentino, Look 65. Model: Tami Williams.  /  (4) Charlotte Groeneveld at the Harper's Bazaar Icons Party, 2018.  /  (5) Tiler Peck at the American Ballet Theatre 2019 Spring Gala, 2019.

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