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Pierpaolo Piccioli has recently announced his departure from Valentino after 25 years with the fashion house. He first started as an accessory designer before becoming co-creative director in 2008. Throughout his time at Valentino, Piccioli has captured the hearts of many celebrities with his multi-dimensional view of womanhood, showcasing romantic, ostrich feather-trimmed gowns as well as edgy, diaphanous dresses. Piccioli has created numerous jaw-dropping red carpet moments, with celebrities like Rihanna and Carey Mulligan donning his iconic designs for events like the Met Gala and the Oscars.

One of the standout moments from Piccioli’s time at Valentino was Rihanna’s appearance at the 2023 Met Gala in a white drop-waisted gown with a stunning train. Carey Mulligan also made a statement at the 2021 Oscars in a daring gold two-piece set by Piccioli. Additionally, the designer’s “PP pink” collection became instantly iconic, with many stars opting to wear the vivid hue on the red carpet. Piccioli’s ability to blend romance and edginess in his designs has earned him a reputation as a visionary in the fashion industry.

Piccioli’s popularity isn’t just due to his designs but also his personality and values. Valentino ambassador Florence Pugh spoke about their connection, saying they quickly realized their mutual admiration for each other’s values. Pugh noted that the things she stands for are the same things that make Piccioli “light up.” This personal connection and shared values have further endeared Piccioli to fans and collaborators alike.

As fans bid farewell to Piccioli’s time at Valentino, they can reflect on some of his most memorable red carpet looks. From Rihanna’s show-stopping Met Gala gown to Carey Mulligan’s bold Oscars ensemble, Piccioli has left an indelible mark on the world of high fashion. His ability to create both elegant and daring designs has solidified his reputation as one of the industry’s top creative talents. Piccioli’s departure marks the end of an era at Valentino, but his legacy of innovation and creativity will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of designers.

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