Formal wear goes to new lengths

  To what lengths will you go for a formal affair? Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented four hemline lengths for his Haute Couture Summer 2019 show in Paris recently. One may wear a mini dress which can go thigh-high, or knee-length, calf-length midi, and ankle-grazing, which suddenly looks new and young beside the usual floor-sweeping. Piccioli is now one of the most popular and most copied designers in fashion---from his signature prints and psychedelic colors to diaphanous gowns (sometimes 300 yards for a single dress). Piccioli also chose black models for the most dramatic looks, with supermodel Naomi Campbell closing the show. Campbell, wh...

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