With Valentino In Venice And An Alaia Debut, IRL Couture Shows Are Back

While the spring 2022 menswear shows in Milan and Paris are expected to be a hybrid of in – person and virtual, the Couture shows, organized by Paris’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, will be a mostly physical affair. If real life collections from Christian Dior and Chanel were not enough to get your heart racing – alongside the twice – postponed debuts from Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga and Chitose Abe at Jean Paul Gaultier – there is even more happening around the collections.

On July 15, several days after the official week concludes, Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli will be taking his couture show on the road to Venice. ‘Venice for Pierpaolo represents the city that generates vibrations on art, music, architecture, cinema, and everything that has to do with creativity’, said the brand in a statement. Valentino’s fall 2021 haute couture show in the Floating City won’t be the only fashion event requiring a vaporetto: Rick Owens is expected to present his menswear collection there in June, WWD is reporting that Saint Laurent will host  a menswear show there in July, and there are rumors that more brands are planning one – off events in Venice in August.

For those staying in Paris, there will be plenty to take in before the official Couture week kicks off too. On July 4, Pieter Mulier will show his first official collection as the artistic director of Alaia. It will mark the brand’s first runway show since its founder Azzedine Alaia’s death in 2017 and Mulier’s first outing at the helm of a brand. Previously, he was Raf Simons’s right hand for the better part of a decade, following his fellow Belgian designer from Jil Sander to Christian Dior and Calvin Klein.