For its fall/winter 2023 showcase, Valentino Garavani challenges the discourse between creative limitation and liberation. The collection—aptly titled ‘Black Tie’—was presented with the purpose to push the boundaries of restriction and rules. Along with the collection’s untied ties and diverse permutations of dresses and gowns comes the brand’s long standing vouch towards sustainability. Wooden benches that filled the show space are promised a reappearance in the maison’s future prospects and textile materials will be donated towards budding artisans to breathe new life into. Valentino has also introduced its latest iterations of the Rockstud bag, a reimagined classic but, more notably, a testament towards the brand’s personal ethos of redefinition and preservation.
Introducing the Rockstud Extreme East-West Double Handle bag, a hallmark design of one of the maison’s most significant pieces. In a successful debut, the studs line the bottom of this latest bag to form a recurring motif of stunning and practical bag feet. Countered by the unadorned and sleek exterior of the bag’s remaining body, the silhouette reaffirms Valentino’s devotion towards timeless elegance, longevity and its unmistakable punk attitude. In an attempt to do justice to the intricate detailing that goes into the foot of the bag, it is then walked down the runway with a full frontal view of the Rockstud rows. This rendition of the Rockstud bag also features a chic studded chain, which transforms into a longer leather strap that makes its case for this season’s latest statement bag.
Among the highlights of this collection, another Rockstud rendition to note would be Valentino Garavani’s Rockstud Top Handle bag. The ambiguity of its trapezium architecture not only sets it apart from the rest of the accessories, but also boasts sleekness. The leather make of the bag is accompanied by a high frequency of workmanship to create a matelassé effect while the lacquered tonal studs profiles its edges. The bag also comes in a bevy of colours from neutrals to vibrant chromes but it’s the subtle distinctions in tone that harks back to the bag’s versatility to move from romantic elegance to punk attitude. While Valentino is renowned for its unique design language, a look into the expansive portfolio of Rockstud bags will provide you with a well-versed understanding of what gives a Valentino bag its status.
For more information on the Valentino Rockstud Bags, visit Valentino’s official website here.