27 January 2016

Pre-Fall 2016 : Giambattista Valli

 "The focus was really on daywear for Pre-Fall"
- Giambattista Valli

I hadn't heard of Giambattista Valli prior to the Golden Globe awards only a few days ago. Why? Because of that dress Jennifer Lopez donned on the Red Carpet in Beverly Hills. It was a beautiful "mustard" block coloured gown, teamed with Jimmy Choo pumps and a stroke of glossy red lipstick. She looked absolutely incredible - it was one of my favourite looks of the night. According to Vogue, when entering the Preview, the first things guests see was the gorgeous couture number that Jennifer wore only a few days earlier. Whether it was a replica I'm not sure but I must say, I am incredibly envious of anyone having to see such a gorgeous dress in the flesh. After researching the dress itself online and finding Giambattista Valli, I just had to find the Pre-Fall collection and see what the very talented Italian designer offers within his collections, besides, I had never seen one of his creations beforehand.

Jennifer Lopez wearing Giambattista Valli at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.

Whilst doing some background research into the fashion house, he usually presents shows for both Ready-to-Wear collections and Haute Couture designs. It seems that he is renowned for his beautiful evening wear, often being sported on glamorous red carpet events and luxurious formal parties. However it seems that in Chelsea, London where his Preview was held - he went for a more sophisticated daywear collection. Of course these were perhaps more formal for what one would stereotype as "Casual Wear" but looking at his previous collections this was definitely toned down for a more daily look. He stated that his focus was indeed on daywear this time and not necessarily formal and deluxe dresses - although there was a beautiful number included at the end. It seems as though Valli had trousers in mind this pre-fall, steering away from skirts and dresses but did include these here and there. His trousers seemed incredibly tailored, as though a lot of work and effort had been made in the making of these pieces. The colours were predominately quite soft, which I loved. He included lilacs, pinks, white and soft orange. But there was that contrast of a blood orange ruffled gown, a very heavily printed black dress with a colourful floral print and a maroon and brown look which I absolutely loved. It was very retro inspired, heavily influenced by the 60s and 70s which made the collection a bit less formal and more fun. It was great to see my favourite, tweed, incorporated onto a suit and jacket. I feel that this collection is going to enforce more popularity onto Giambattista Valli and I cannot wait to see the Haute Couture show!


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