Pierpaolo Piccioli is no stranger to dramatic silhouettes and cutting edge fashion. And with Valentino’s Black Tie collection, the designer flexes his creative muscles once again, reinventing the world’s idea of formal dressing.
Valentino’s fall/winter 2023 collection takes a severe route, and quite literally puts the black tie — now called the ValenTie by die-hard fans of the brand — under the limelight. And in the pages of Vogue Man Arabia, some of the key pieces from the collection come alive under our lens.
Transcending traditional fashion boundaries, the Black Tie collection brings back the skinny neck tie — sharp, young, and almost punkish. In the words of the brand itself, “An instruction can become an invitation. A dress code can liberate. Limitation can be free.” Because if you thought dressing formal was the same as dressing stuffy, nothing will change your mind like Piccioli’s take on aesthetics.
Here is a collection that revisits cultural norms and liberates wardrobe staples from their compartments. Crisp white shirts pop against glossy leather coats, slouchy textured blazers add a lived-in feel to power pieces, and the quintessential Rockstud — seen on belts and shoes — adds unexpected drama to boardroom-ready combinations.
Predominantly crafted in ebony and ivory, the Black Tie collection may seem like a celebration of monochrome, but there’s so much more here than meets the eye. When you least expect it, a pop of color shines through the collection, commanding attention and proving once again that when it comes to fashion, no rules apply. Case in point: the olive green layer seen in our latest shoot, used as a statement-making addition over a classic white shirt + black tie combination.
With each new drop, Valentino takes its sartorial game to the next level. With Black Tie, the globally loved fashion house has done it again, one unconventional creation at a time.
Style: Juan Jose Mouko Nsue
Set: Joshua Stovell
Hair: Michael O’Gorman
Makeup: Jo Frost
Producer: Rama Naser
Local Production: LGE Productions
Model: Louai Alama
Photography assistant: Lewis Davies, Constantine Virtanen
Digital Operator: Courtney Campbell
Style assistant: Ny Osei