Nothing beats a grand Giambattista Valli Couture collection and the one presented for the fall/winter 2016-2017 time period is by no means something to overlook. On the contrary, between the frills and the legs and shoulders and fun colors mixed in with the white concoctions, why would anyone consider going anywhere else?
Puffed sleeves, ruffled tops, lacy skirts and flowing hems all seem to make up a good deal of the funky little collection the amazing artist has going here. Add in ruffled collars, high waist red crop trousers, off-the-shoulder designs and long trains on baby doll dresses featuring full skirts and you have all the fun of couture right where you want it… on the Giambattista Valli stage in Paris.
Of course, so many of these would definitely look better hanging in that queen’s closet of yours, but we might need to wait a bit for that.
There is a seamless combination of day and evening wear happening across the line featuring 47 spectacular looks, the final three of which are a whole lot of tulle and organza and appear as if the ladies are ready to be used as cake toppers for royalty. As expected, full skirts are certainly a theme that all the designers are playing with to varying degrees, while also considering showing off some skin at some point on the bodies presented.
The addition of empire waistlines only added to the appeal of Giambattista Valli’s artistry, the world he conjures all these loves creations from certainly becoming one we really wish to visit. It was certainly a treat to watch and the balance kept throughout was impeccable, combining mini hems with puffed sleeves and open shoulders with full skirts.
Neck ruffs were pretty awesome, of course, while the balance between regal and modern was certainly never tipped. Some were even sweeping from both shoulders like a cape, the skirts falling to the floor and the silhouettes one that we certainly can feel confident in.
The ladies in the show were shown off as goddesses and even stars like Celine Dion who attended were giving standing ovations by the end of it all. The addition of jewels was genius, creating more than just the illusion of grandeur but bringing in diamond brooch buttons and bodices wrapped in ropes of the precious stone. The synergy felt was perfect.
What we loved best was the color palette, playing with patterns on white for the first bit, going for long chiffon columns in blush shades later on, adding in a few stronger hues in reds and purples with the addition of a splash of black, and finishing it off with creating lovely combinations.
There is nothing we do not love about Valli’s work and when it comes to couture, he seems to have the niche nailed perfectly. We are curious to see who will be wearing Valli over the course of the next few months, showing off the incredible nature of this particularly attractive collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue