Feast Your Eyes On These Gloriously Extra Valentino Gowns

Historically, the couture runway is the place where we go to watch designers' wildest dreams and ideas become material. Although there has been no shortage of awe-inspiring couture shows in recent seasons, we're having trouble thinking of a more beautiful, breathtaking presentation, than the one Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino's creative director, presented on Wednesday in Paris. As soon as the videos from the show started hitting our Instagram, we knew Piccioli had gone to another level entirely (have you ever audibly gasped from scrolling your feed?).

The magical floating feather hats that moved through the air like so many jellyfish in the ocean and the expansive color palette both made us think of Flemish Renaissance paintings and artists like Jan Van Eyck — and also Dr. Seuss. But what made it truly special was that underneath the voluminous silhouettes and extravagant millinery that usually makes these looks purely red-carpet fodder, there were actually wearable — dare we say casual — clothes; oversized sweaters, wide-legged trousers, and thin knits all made with the level of craftsmanship and materials that befit a couture collection.

Here, see 14 of the most gloriously extra looks Piccioli sent down the runway.

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This was the opening look — Are you living yet? This is basically a ribbed tank top and a pair of wide-leg khakis — an outfit we remember copying from Gwen Stefani back in the days when she was still No Doubt's front-woman except done in the most glamorous way we can imagine. The way that cadmium yellow coat falls around the model's body, kind of like a perfect pastry, and then topping the whole thing off with a turquoise swashbuckler chapeau, was enough that the show could've just been this one look on a loop and we would've been thrilled.
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Thankfully Piccioli did not stop at just one look. Underneath the feathered floral hat this is a perfectly sensible look for the streets of New York or anywhere else the person with the disposable income to buy this full look resides. Fashion loves to use the word "louche" to talk about looks that are like this — slouchy, easy, with a little bit of swagger. Sometimes this word feels to fashion-y, but godammit, this is a fashion site and we are not going to apologize for being fashion-y!
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We're absolutely adding a pair of wide-leg khakis to our shopping list, especially since we know we can wear them to a fancy event as long as we have the most over-the-top ruffled blouse. The bigger the better!

P.S.: Did you peep the opera-length leather gloves? Swoon.
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It's an oversized couture sweater baby! We're also immediately seeking frilly-collared-and-sleeved blouses to layer under all our frumpy knits.
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Sometimes a color palette can be so soothing it becomes a visual version of ASMR. This look is so simple — a blouse tucked into a wrapped skirt with a coat thrown over the shoulders. But if this woman passed you by on the street you'd be forced to look twice and perhaps take a surreptitious photo to preserve this moment forever. This is basically the attitude we like to think we have when we get dressed.
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When in doubt, just put a huge ribbon on it! Also, we bet this cape is made of the softest fabric ever — the adult equivalent of leaving the house in the winter and getting to be in a cocoon like the one babies in strollers get to roll around in.

We have also recently developed a bit of a thing for sheer black hosiery, and were absolutely delighted to see it worn by any model. Go ahead and pair them with an open-toed sandal! Now you know it's glamour-approved.
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Monastic dressing usually calls to mind drab colors and frumpy layers, but this tunic and diaphanous jacket-cape situation worn over pants is very zen.
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We said we were never going to wear skirts over pants again after the '90s, but who can argue with this outfit? Peep the thick gold choker underneath the shirt collar, a perfect accessory.
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Another casual sweater moment that's going to make us hit the '80s prom dress section of our local Salvation Army to see if there's a way we can recreate this perfect look.
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I love the idea of being completely covered up in swaths of beautiful fabric. There's absolutely no skin showing here and yet, she's so alluring!
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See what I mean? It's a fashion duvet! And not in an ordinary-Vetements-way. Just like, in the I'm making an entrance when I arrive at this party in this dress that will absolutely make it impossible for me to eat dinner but not to drink champagne.
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How is this dress staying up? We adore. This is the one gown someone needs to wear on a red carpet soon. It's magical.
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Also magical? Formal capes that show just a sliver of black lace on a leg, and a face obscured by hundreds of feathers. It's GLAMOUR, darling, are you living yet?
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