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Giambattista Valli’s S’16 Couture Show
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It was Giambattista Valli’s tenth couture show in Paris yesterday, quite an accomplishment for a little know independent Italian label with big dreams. Giambattista Valli has admitted to producing over 12 collections a year to preserve his independence as a label. One of the few survivors of what must be an arduous journey. To have the financial backing of LVMH for example is a financial dream, but with it comes constraints and protocols that cannot be ignored.
The show was traditionally Giambattista Valli, his trademark dress styles, the little A-line and high-waisted minis and of course the tulle dream of a ball gown favored by Rihanna.
The theme this time was floral, his love of flowers well known, Valli proceeded to intricately embroider his pieces with substantial yet elegant floral motifs. These dresses along with the soft lyrics that the models walked to, set the stage for a stroll through a beautiful Parisian garden. A time to reflect on his ten years in couture.
With this reflection came a design maturity, ruffled and puckered bishop sleeves in pure white raised the standards of his couture to the next level. As these masterpieces came down the runway one could only consider the fierce competition he will be posing to Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. The renowned Lesage embroidery synonymous with Chanel couture was evident on the Valli runway, just younger and lighter.