Valentino is very smart to get ahead of the crowd and be the first major brand to show SS13 at Pitti Uomo. I was surprised by how strong the collection was. The first collection was very good, and this collection strengthens the menswear voice that designers Maria and Pier are beginning to create.
I know it’s early, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that right now Valentino is the collection to beat.
I’ll be looking forward to a strong challenge coming up from Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Prada.
I’m quite excited to see what the runways hold for us over the next two weeks.