When Zendaya walked into the Valentino show in an all-pink Valentino power suit during Paris Fashion Week, she set off a chain reaction, leading to mainstream adoption of the vibrant shade. Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli describes it as “the color of love, community, strength and freedom”. her hot-pink, double-breasted blazer; plunging, unbuttoned blouses; And 3D floral appliqué embellished trousers presented as the look du jour, announcing Valentino’s Pink PP collection just before its runway debut. With Zendaya’s tailored uniform in a head-to-toe fuchsia ensemble, the aesthetic was further dramatized with the addition of opera gloves and platform pumps.
Since that day, the catwalk-approved color has given way to barbicore, which includes more embellishments and playful, doll-reminiscent accessories. Other celebrities joined the “Euphoria” star in touting the look, most notably in luxury fashion brand Valentino.
Recently, Anne Hathaway’s sequined minidress at the brand’s Haute Couture show doubled down on the popular aesthetic, as did Ariana DeBose’s full-appliqué minidress and Tomi Dorfman’s sequined pants and sheer top at the same event. Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens and Lana Condor brought barbecue to the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, wearing a plunging minidress and a bandeau top with a jacket and high-waisted shorts, respectively. Beyond the red carpet, the fashion trend has maintained its presence with stars like Dua Lipa, who rocked hot-pink separates for a night out in London.
Once considered scary or shocking, hot pink is currently one of summer’s biggest color trends. No longer reserved for rare occasions, Barbie-inspired pieces can be combined with your current closet staples to create uniquely eye-catching looks.
Ahead, take some styling cues from celebs who pulled off the Valentino trend.