In celebration of Valentino’s new “Rockstud Untitled” unisex capsule collection, the Italian fashion house has collaborated with Vanessa Beecroft on a visual performance campaign, titled VB_Valentino_Untitled 01.

Beecroft, who also worked on Tod’s latest installation as well as all three seasons of Yeezy, filmed and photographed 25 different men and women at the New York Academy of Art. In the mix is actress Emily Mortimer as well as her husband, Alessandro Nivola, plus, in true Yeezy-style, street-cast models mixed in with your standard models.

I have never worked on a unisex concept because my work focuses on sex distinction,” explained Beecroft in the press release. “I work with groups of women, groups that can look identical from a distance, but that are formed by different identities, different women dressed the same. It was a challenge to work in such a short time on a relatively casual project without looking like an imitation of myself, but the active collaboration of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli made this possible and made it feel it like an adventure.

First introduced as part of Valentino Fall 2016, ‘Rockstud Untitled’ takes its inspiration from Wabi-sabi—a Japanese philosophy meaning ‘perfect imperfection.

Asking Vanessa to interpret this idea of ours, was almost automatic. In her performance, different individuals, clothed in ‘uniform’ items, come together in a shared moment that is lived singularly portraying their personal beauty belief,” added Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.


Valentino Rockstud Untitled

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese philosophy of perfect imperfection. It cultivates the idea that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect. Capturing the powerful modernity and the deep humanity of this assumption, Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have created a unisex capsule collection of classics distilled to their essence and reread through the Valentino savoir faire: the Rockstud Untitled capsule collection.

Golden studs replace seams, just like in the Japanese technique of the kintsugi, where a superior form of aesthetic and interior perfection can be the outcome of an imperfection, where signs give life to an individual uniqueness. Each Rockstud Untitled piece is identified with a progressive number, starting from 1 ending with 12, labeled on the canvas satchel that holds the garment.