Paris Haute Couture S/S 2018: Giambattista Valli

Haute couture is about dreams and Giambattista Valli knows it. Today’s presentation of the houses’ Spring/Summer 2018 haute couture collection was as imaginative as always. Valli is the uncrowned king of couture that skilfully rules Parisian runways, season after season. Spectacular creations presented at the Petit Palais of Musée des Beaux-arts confirmed that, in high fashion, more is more. At a first glance, it was not a pink story. However, as the show progressed, we witnessed the designer’s signature chiffon evening gowns and ribbon-trimmed dresses in Valli’s shades of pink.

Valli never fails to impress with his spectacular mille-feuille dresses. The Italian couturier elegantly uses drapes, irregular cuts, layers and layers of flowy fabrics, glitter, volume and sequins to portray his unique perception of a fashion fairytale. He does it so effortlessly. Blush orange, sweet pink, vibrant lime green stood out in the gaudy color palette. The ethereal detailing, such as the subtle combination of lace and beading embroidery embellishments emphasized the H in haute. Each piece had its own voice, and spoke volumes about Valli’s impeccable tailoring, mind-twirling ideas, fantastical heirloom-worthy gowns. It was maximalism at its finest. As the late Italian fashion editor Franca Sozzani always said, “Giambattista always sees women as beautiful flowers.” This collection legitimized her beautiful commentary. However, flowery fairytale aside, he offered a wide range of black and white pieces to satisfy the most quite fashion minds. More clean and sophisticated outfits were accessorized with black over-the-knee boots, silk bows, printed fabric flowers and intricate cuts. The collection was a masterpiece, as delicate as the three-dimensional embroidery and acres of silk tulle that graced the three final gowns, especially the the last one. As per that exceptional lime green gown, it shocked and stunned in its fluorescent charm and stood out as the key piece from the collection. Valli did not sacrifice an ounce of chic, turning his most enchanted dreams into reality. Valli girls approve!

Photo credit: Vogue (runway), The Impression (cover)