When Zendaya walked into the Valentino show in a all pink Valentino power suit during Paris Fashion Week, she set off a chain reaction, resulting in the mainstream adoption of the vibrant hue. Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli described it as “the color of love, community, energy and freedom.” Her hot-pink, double-breasted blazer; dive, buttonless blouse; and pants adorned with 3D floral appliqués presented as the look du jour, announcing Valentino’s Pink PP collection just before it debuted on the runway. Rife with head-to-toe fuchsia ensembles, incl Zendaya‘s tailored uniform, the aesthetic was made even more dramatic with the addition of opera gloves and platform pumps.
Since that day, the catwalk-approved shade has given way to Barbiecore, which involves additional embellishment and playful, kitschy accessories reminiscent of the doll. Other celebrities have joined “Euphoria“star in voicing the look, specifically in the luxury fashion brand Valentino.
Most recently, Dua Lipa traded her signature concert catsuit for a dazzling Valentino creation, complete with a sequin bra top, mini skirt and opera gloves. In the meantime Anne Hathaway’s mini dress with sequins at the brand’s Haute Couture show doubled down on the popular aesthetic, as did Ariana DeBose’s floral appliqué mini dress and Tommy Dorfman‘s sequin pants and see-through top at the same event. In the meantime Vanessa Hudgens and Lana Condor brought Barbiecore to the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, wearing a plunging minidress and a bandeau top paired with a jacket and high-waisted shorts, respectively. Off the red carpet fashion trend has maintained its presence with stars like Dua Lipawho rocked hot-pink separates for a night out in London.
Once considered to be scary or shocking, hot pink is currently one of the biggest of the summer color trends. Barbie-inspired pieces are no longer reserved for rare occasions, but can be combined with your current staples to create a unique eye-catching look.
Ahead, take some styling tips from the celebrities who set the Valentino trend.