Essence and truth. For this Valentino haute couture collection, Pierpaolo Piccioli interprets fashion to perfection. "As Shakespeare says, we are made of the same material as dreams," says the designer a few hours before the show. "Dreams bring everybody together, because they are timeless, just like the haute couture." Piccioli loves art, music, poetry and the oneiric side of fashion which, as he says, must be strictly timeless because "couture is made of special moments, rituals that make it unique." The simple gestures of the premier d'atelier of covering with white paper the couture creations, in Piccioli mind are seen as long tulle shirts hiding column sequin and rhinestone dresses or transparent veils juxtaposed with embroidered lace as if to be preserved in time. Pieces with extremely simple lines, born from a frantic search for simplicity and purity, such as the dégradé tulle, organza and chiffon braided evening dresses, embroidered coats cinched by a high belt, pleated tunics and off the shoulder column dresses. A beautiful collection, created to be lived, and designed to be worn.