Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy's coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's decision to place the entire population on lockdown, with all public gatherings cancelled and all schools and universities closed until next month.
More than 60 million people are affected by the new measures, which were put in place after cases of coronavirus in the country hit more than 12,400, with 827 deaths.
Alongside a photo of him sketching by a pool, the creative director of Valentino praised the people of his home nation for their resilience amidst the global pandemic and put a positive spin on being in self-isolation at his home in the coastal Italian town of Nettuno.
"Home. This country has overcome the toughest moments with pride, creativity, and optimism. And so, it will, once again," Piccioli wrote. "There is a time for moving and a time for staying still. Even at home, our imagination can lead us anywhere.
"Such a serious situation will not stop us from dreaming," he continued. "Our will is strong, our duty is to resist, and we will keep on dreaming, harder than ever and we will rise stronger than ever."
Piccioli's famous friends were quick to show their support in the comments, with both Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs sending their love.
"Well said. That's the spirit we all love," Karen Elson added, prompting the designer to reply: "We stay strong... even at home!"
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