Giambattista Valli hits his Valentino’esque stride for S/S’13

by Katie on October 1, 2012

It may be time for the chant of ‘The King Is Dead, Long Live The King’ in terms of Paris ready to wear.
Valentino’s mantle as the vanguard of sophisti-chic may have faltered rather, with the main man himself leaving his esteemed House. But at Giambatista Valli, the new pretender to the throne is ticking all the right boxes for elegance, chic, sophistication and desirability.

Valli’s muted palette of white, grey, black, scarlet and burnished gold went a long way in making this understated but over glamorous collection a sure fire Parisienne hit.

All-in-ones came in grey or pretty white lace while ’50s style edge to edge heavily pearlised coats were worn over simple white capri-meets-gym pants or came as crop tops with low slung A-line skirts. Sheer organza was key in two pieces, in peplum pencil skirts and tops or in simple shifts. 

A spectacularly Valentino like nod was made with the ‘red’ section as out trooped smart red or white jackets worn over see through silk organza shifts – big Dolce & Gabbana style knickers are the order of the modern Madame, it appears. Very Jackie O of Now.

This collection saw Valli hit his stride. He’s become a firm favourite of the European Lady Who Lunches. And she lunches (sparsely) in all the right restaurants.

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