December 21, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Bridget Foley’s Diary: Solo Pierpaolo
Pierpaolo Piccioli is a man of his word. On a brief trip to New York earlier this month for a benefit for Every Mother Counts, he agreed last-minute to a chat with WWD — no major agenda, just a catch-up during which he would reflect on his first full year as solo creative director at Valentino. Somehow, time ran away, as tends to happen, and Pierpaolo flew home. But unlike time, he didn’t run. Rather, we spoke on the phone last week.
WWD: You’ve had quite a year, your first full year as solo creative director at Valentino. What have been the biggest changes for you?
Pierpaolo Piccioli: I think that I work more spontaneously, less over-thinking. I always start the collection with a reflection about the time, and then I work very, very spontaneously. It’s a more instinctive, more direct, more emotional approach to the work.
That is the difference. When you work in twos and you respect each other, you have to confront, you have to arrive to a common point. It’s the only way to work together, to arrive at a good point on which you agree. But when you are alone, I’ve just learned in this year, you can