In the fashion industry the journalist and buyer who attend the shows around the globe know that often what they see on the catwalk is only just a taste of what will be offered up for order at those all-important resee appointments. And in some cases the standout pieces that wow on the runway will actually never go into production. It’s a fact of the business that the rest of the world, those who watch the live streaming of their favorite designers or buy the collectors magazines filled with the runway shots, might not be aware of.
It is only with this knowledge that one can truly appreciate the Giambattista Valli show. If it is simply viewed at face value, the strengths of this collection might be lost in the masses. Take those first few crop top and mini shorts that featured panels of fabric being peeled back from the center. They might be a hard sell for anyone but the most diehard fashionista’s, but add a few inchs to the shorts (and the crop top for that matter) and both pieces will be hot ticket items. The same goes for a number of Valli’s beautiful flowing patterned dresses sliced up the middle to leave the model’s high-waisted black short shorts exposed. Just stitch up that central slit, and each paisley or dot pattered dress will be real world ready (ditto those in sheer fabrics- add lining and presto changeo- perfection).
There were also a number of lovely looks that needed no adjusting; shift dresses with a delicate floral appliqué bloom out of the shoulders or hips, showed off Valli’s haute couture honed design techniques. And the group of golden outfits that were embroidered with a shimmering three-dimensional wheat motif were a fashion week highlight.
Even the designer’s handbag line, which he launched last season, had some covetable new additions- one white, wooly tote bag in particular comes to mind. With a new accessories store that just opened up across from his Parisian flagship shop, Valli should keep foot traffic high with all the inventive accessories he showed in this graceful and romantic collection.