Following the street wear-inspired, sporty chic resort show in New York last month, Valentino took an unexpected turn to focus on subtly luxurious details inspired by the sacred ritualistic elements of the church.

Pierpaolo Piccioli referenced Zurbarán’s portraits of cardinals, bishops and nuns in the house’s haute couture collection and translated the looks into capes – from velvet hooded gowns to robe dresses with intarsia.

Valentino’s SS18 menswear collection focuses on sportswear

Piccioli worked with artist Harumi Klossowska on a series of hammered metal bags in the shape of animals heads which symbolise the seven deadly sins.

We especially loved the beautifully tailored lavish dresses with cut-outs revealing just the right amount of skin.

Daywear was also strong in the collection, fitting in with couture customers’ modern lifestyle.

Watch: Valentino’s autumn-winter 2017 collection:

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