Vogue seems to say that this is the first time Valentino has had men on its couture runway, and Pierpaolo Picciolli talked a bit about applying a fluidity to his approach:
This is the place where an haute couture house alliance between a designer-director and the people who slice fabric, draw paper patterns, and wield pins and irons can start to challenge stock fashion vocabulary. Piccioli nailed that with his explanation of a white cashmere cape: “I don’t want to call it that. It’s not a caftan, or a poncho. It’s a shape.”
That made me laugh. Let’s just all call everything a Shape.