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Valentino Took its Platforms Up a Notch For Spring Summer 2023

Though it was ubiquitous among the front row, not a single look in Valentino’s spring summer ’23 runway collection featured the brand’s “Pink PP” hue (the initials, by the way, are those of creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, who worked with Pantone to custom create the shade).

The same went for the Italian brand’s footwear — but they didn’t make the offering any less statement making or over-the-top. Instead of the shocking fuchsia pink color that has taken over cities around the world (Valentino recently announced a pink takeover of activations in New York and its Paris shop is wrapped in the color), this season’s platforms featured almost no color.

They were clear, they had a major platform — and they bore an unavoidable resemblance to the oft-maligned “stripper heel.”

Surely an unintentional reference point, the shoes instead seemed to be something of a palette cleanser and neutral punctuation mark to a vast collection that included just about every other color in the rainbow, from grape and lemon yellow to lilac and lipstick red.

valentino, valentino heels, paris fashion week, PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY - For Non-Editorial use please seek approval from Fashion House) A model, shoe detail, walks the runway during the Valentino Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 02, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
Clear platforms from Valentino’s spring summer ’23 collection, which launched Sunday at the brand’s Paris Fashion Week show.
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The lineup also included a substantial expansion on the brand’s “V” logo, with head-to-toe looks done in swaths of monogram fabric, down to pairs of pumps with an open weave of V’s interlocking in what is sure to be a big footwear push next year.

valentino, valentino heels, valentino paris fashion week, paris fashion week, PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY - For Non-Editorial use please seek approval from Fashion House) A model, shoe detail, walks the runway during the Valentino Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 02, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
Valentino vastly expanded its monogram logo motif for spring summer ’23, down to open weave pumps that featured the brand’s logo. 
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