Pierpaolo Piccioli staged Valentino’s Pre-Fall show at the newly refurbished Beekman hotelthis week. Piccioli is embarking on a journey as the sole creative director of Valentino, having worked side by side with Maria Grazia Chiuri at the brand for 17 years. In a preview, he called New York “the land of opportunity, a place where dreams come true,” and Valentino promoted the show on Instagram with evocative shots of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. On the soundtrack, Nina Simone sang, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life. . . and I’m feeling good,” as a statement? perhaps. Whether their was a hidden meaning in the choice of music it didn’t matter. The collection was fresh, luxurious and feminine.