15 February 2016

Spring 2016 Couture : Giambattista Valli

stated when I was writing the Giambattista Valli Pre-Fall 2016 collection that the Fashion House wasn't actually brought to my attention until that Couture piece worn by the beautiful Jennifer Lopez at the 2016 Golden Globes made an appearance. It was truly beautiful, worn by one of my favourite style icons and ever since then, I feel that my love for the fashion house keeps on getting bigger and bigger.

Giambattista Valli, for me, is one of my favourite Fashion Houses for Couture pieces. Of course, the seasonal collections are just as gorgeous and luxurious - but I feel that the house somewhat sets the standard for Couture alongside Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab. This collection proved my thoughts right, and I believe that even though this is one of the first Couture collection to be revealed in Paris, that it will most likely be one of my favourite ones. In 1986, Giambattista Valli enrolled at a fashion school named, the Instituto Europe del Design of Rome, following his statement that Yves Saint Laurent was a huge muse and inspiration to him in wanting to become a designer. It was in 1987 that he travelled to London to study more at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design which is notorious in producing the world's most talented people in Fashion.

Valli had stated that his Italian heritage has definitely inspired many of his collections throughout his career. It is even evident in this collection that the ancient rome muse had been incorporated, being conveyed through the beautiful mini dress creation, with the short fabric shoulder cape attached. In addition, the reoccurring design of shoes resembled them Ancient Roman gladiatorial sandals which came in both ankle length and knee high length - both equally sophisticated yet simply stunning.

"It's kind of a thank you to Paris. You know that flowers are my obsession. This time they came from the Parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Palais-Royal and the Jardin des Tuileries."

That statement from Valli backstage reflected his Spring 2016 Couture collection to a T. The use of flowers and floral features was undeniable and it contributed to the spring feel of the collection altogether. It was such a refreshing, lovely and delicate collection which added to the couture look completely. Whether the flowers be included with a single flower being embroidered onto the dress, or floral embroidery and embellishment being diffused across the whole piece. It truly was a floral dream. I feel that this collection was what I would describe as Signature Valli. It was everything I was expecting and more. Short mini-dresses graced the runway with an A-line finished and teamed with huge puffball sleeves (known as Bishop Sleeved) or no sleeves at all. This collection was definitely for the women who want to put on a very leggy display this summer, and I predict these garments are going to be huge this summer on the Red Carpet.

The tulle plissé gowns, which are now commonly associated with the Giambattista Valli brand, made a huge finale appearance. I think these dresses were somewhat indescribable, and were made to have not only the FROW of the show gasp in awe, but the whole industry.  Gowns graced the runway in poppy red, washed out grey and crisp black. They were works of art, flamboyance, majestical and couture. Everything we wanted from Giambattista Valli.

Giambattista Valli

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