Okay, if there is one designer we can praise over and over again, it has to be the talented Giambattista Valli. Whether it is ready-to-wear or haute couture, this is one label that always comes out on top, in terms of superior style and a deep understanding of the underlying tenets to the world of fashion. While it all started with pieces of the daytime, including ruffled mini dresses and strappy sandals, lots of floral influences and a focus on the cutesy effect, the ending was with a major bang, particularly the last two taffeta gowns with layer upon layer of tulle and organza, flowing about as the models sashayed onto stage. There was nothing special about the setting and everything special about the 44-piece long Giambattista Valli Couture spring/summer 2016 collection.
While Dior moves towards a different form of wearability, Valli creates impeccable images, where a single line-up can dress up or down a person, on and off the red carpet. We are very much looking forward to seeing some of those final pieces on top celebrities as there is no way we can give up on those voluminous skirts in layer upon layer of tulle.
Some overall trends we noticed throughout the presentation were the higher necklines, the mini or maxi hem cuts, the slits up the thigh, the open shoulders, either through off-the-shoulder creations or strapless designs, the key hole at the center of the chest, the asymmetrical skirts, baby doll looks, cinched in waists with belts, and the gorgeous capes that really made the looks pop out. We notice sheer sleeves as well as puffy ones, lots of bows and intriguing cut-outs, twisted tops and truly voluminous skirts, simple silhouettes and rather exaggerated hips.
Some of the looks feature elongation of the body in a sheath style dress, while most actually encompass the pretty and petite format, where lines at certain points on the body, flares at others, help create an almost doll-like figure, which we all want to take home. It appears that the mantra for the collection overall also seems to be to either show off the legs or show off the glamour, which is lovingly fashioned from stark colors, intriguing prints, and gorgeous floral looks, embroidery or otherwise.
There seems to be nothing better than a Giambattista Valli collection these days and near everything in this line-up alone attests to that. Even the strappy sandals that resemble modified gladiators at times only add credence to that statement.
It appears that most designers are trying to move away from the purely art forms of the couture products into creating that, which will sell well, with Valli right up the alley there, though with a better grasp on how to keep the presentation of his mind’s creations inspiring the masses to go for the ultimate looks in the fashion industry. In the meantime, we really want to get our hands on that white mini dress with the frills along the sides and across the square neckline that is finished off in mesh and a thicker high collar.
Photos courtesy of Vogue, NowFashion