Giambattista Valli has made a name for himself reinventing volumes and shapes from one season to another, particularly with his impressive tulle ballgowns that always make for true eye-catchers on the runway. This time around, volumes came in the form of peplums that emphasized the chest, while shapes were particularly tight and figure-hugging. They all made for desirable ready-to-wear pieces. [CONTINUE READING...]
"When a woman arrives in Paris, her attitude changes. It's a city with a different kind of allure." Giambattista Valli's aesthetic ode is palpable. A love for the French capital, its magic, its mix of past and present. A passion for the Valli woman, who doesn't do half measures, who plays with contrasts. Lingerie and at the same time ultra feminine dresses. Naked but covered up. Contradictions. Minimal and opulent, just like Paris. Not ville, but Valli Lumière. "An approach that isn't day or night. Le gout du louche, a taste for the sketchy. This idea of danger but in the positive sense of the word. Those dresses that work for day and night, summer or winter". A man's houndstooth coat over a lingerie inspired corset. Flouncing lace and hem lines. Embroidered coquettish cherries. Polkadots like red tears. Between stripes and ruffles, sketched florals and graphic furs. And those rebel boots, a little bit fetish but sporty at the same time. A flash of rock - like Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette in her sneakers - appeared with an sporty twist. "She's dressed like a Nike runner, with her taffeta waterproof that looks like a piece of eveningwear. It's not a collaboration with Nike, I wanted original pieces," Giambattista Valli explains, "there's this idea of the little black dress that's an everyday attitude. However, it could also be black, red, polkadot. And the Nike runners are my answer to the little black dress, that's the difference."
By Stefano Roncato - MFF Magazine for Fashion