If there is a fashion designer that masters the placement of haute couture fantasy to the reality of life, that is Giambattista Valli. Born in Rome, the once famed couture capital of Italy, Valli has strong Italian roots. Although he lives and works in Paris where fashion is strongly supported by an authentic cultural system, he produces his collections in Italy. Le petit prince of fashion, as I see him, has the soul of a poet. Each of his artistic pieces of fashion holds a poetic dimension, almost ancient in their perfection. His thirteenth Haute Couture Collection was presented this afternoon under the Parisian sunset at the Le Petit Palais- Musée des Beaux-arts de la ville de Paris. Magical venue for a magical collection.
With the soothing sound of violin, the show started. The opening look, black sequined mini dress with long floral-embroidered sleeves, announced black as the leading color of the more essential pieces. Turns out that, under Valli’s precise supervision, florals can be groundbreaking for spring. The models struggled with the sky-high platform pumps, which to some extent took the focus off of the exquisite tailoring and layered silhouettes. The more sophisticated gowns, such as the light pink tulle one- the absolute star of the show, resembled his designs from the Haute Couture 2016 collection, aka the twelfth one. The last year’s vision was modernized by bringing party in the front and elegance in the back. However, the short front end of the gowns enabled us to see the black and bordeaux flat ballet shoes he paired with all the long dresses. Plunging V-necklines, long lace tails, ruffled sleeves and embroidered details were visible throughout the entire collection. It was a variety of seemingly different pieces that made a harmonious entirety. Beneath all the layers of decadent fabrics, there was Valli’s signature flawless craftsmanship and timeless sophistication celebrating the female form. Valli girls surely approve!
Photo Credit: Vogue (runway photos), The Impression (Cover photo)