For his first solo men’s show for Valentino, after he split with longtime design partner Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli sent out a focused message for fall, infused with the new gentleness and confidence that is currently ruling the men’s wear scene. This season, Piccioli asked Jamie Reid, the graphic designer who worked with the Sex Pistols, to come up with two slogans to use in his collection. The result is “Beauty is a birthright, reclaim your heritage” and “It seemed to be the end, until the next beginning.”

Working punk as a state of mind rather that in obvious references, Piccioli also took his cue from images by iconoclastic artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Caravaggio, adding a collegiate-meets-gentlemanly feel to the line-up. The color palette is accentuated by pastel green, camel, rust and pink, further expressing a soft side and quiet flamboyance. A multitude of finely-executed ideas that flourish across the board, from shrunken tailored pieces to leather outerwear, from sporty tops to the hot new sneakers.