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Giambattista Valli celebrated 10 years in the fashion industry this month. His couture show finale, held yesterday in Paris, was an ambitious spectacle, a metaphor of his tenure in the field.

As the models, decked in sorbet colored clouds of tulle, attempted to navigate the runway. They spoke of a man of limitless ambition, yet a wholesomeness to him, that makes his positivity contagious and charisma palpable. The show of support by the likes of Jessica Alba and Franca Sozzani, recognising him as a friend and not just a label.

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As one model on the brink of collapse in her sky high heels and meringue-like skirt teeters down the runway, we remember the man that Valli is. Ultimately a hardworking risk taker, with an appetite for the phrase “why not?'

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Valli is an independent designer. His choice to go it alone, without the backing of a solid conglomerate, gives him the creative freedom that some designers can only dream of. It has also meant him working twice as hard to make ends meet. A noble yet understandable choice for a man whose work speaks from his heart, always.

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One word that comes to mind when thinking of Valli is “inclusive". He believes in the power of synergy. From the start, In a conversation with Suzy Menkes back in 2011, Valli admitted that he finds the idea of having his own label a little egocentric. A believer in the power of collaboration, Valli was the first to experiment with Longchamps handbags and Cire Trudon candles on collaborations. The young designer then said, “When you have a style, it's nice to develop on a larger universe, and not just on the clothes". 4 years on, and Valli has more collaborations under his belt. This year, with 7 for All Mankind and most recently MAC cosmetics.