Couture is meant to lift the spirits. Wealthy women’s indulgence and the pinnacle of a brand, couture is often regarded as a worthless spectacle for millionaires and billionaires. I disagree.
When couture shows THIS good come along, they not only represent the best of fashion, but the best of art. And this Giambattista Valli SS’15 couture offer was exceptional. Full blown, frothy, dreamy, heavenly creatures drifted in billowing swathes of tulle and organza with a difference – often layered over 60s tinged tunics and long lean pants teamed with alice bands. All in the most sumptuous, gorgeous, sugared almond shades of sweetness, these were hard to resist.
Valli took his heavenly art to a new level. Through all the layered netting, the printed silks, the floor-length feathers and chiffon that drifted on air and the ruffles. Oh my! The ruffles. Valli had a whole host of new direction and ideas in this collection as well as his standard ‘cocktail dress’ favourites whch began the show and lulled us into a false sense of security.
Tunics and trousers trumped ball gowns…but only just. There was still room for some show-stoppers that produced gasps. Full blown fantasies on full beam.
There was sheer, unadulterated, exceptional workmanship and vision contained within the painstaking work of Valli’s team of ‘petites mains’. Combined with GV’s vision and direction, the result was a sweet sweet overdose of sugary beauty.
Long, lean, rose printed silk tunics, gathered at collar and cuff worn over ever-so-slightly flared pants. Feathered, flouncy, trailing coats thrown casually over ‘30s tinged bias or early 60s’ gathered gowns. Full evening skirts paired with a simple white t-shirt and a matching jacket. See through lace with frill collars. Valli showed just what a master at work can achieve in an environment where imagination is given free reign with no constrictions. Sheer, sherbet-tinged, scintillating, adorable wondrousness.
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