17 hours ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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Paris: Giambattista Valli loves a good embellishment. He’s never been shy about decorating or printing his clothes, and his Fall 2012 Couture collection is the perfect example. The dresses were essentially topiaries made from floral-printed ruffles. But for spring, Valli toned it down considerably, focusing on simple, tailored separates and elegant dresses. The designer certainly did not eschew embellishment completely; there were plenty of flower appliqués, lace panels and jewels, but the tailored pieces left a mark. The opening look – a pale grey pantsuit with a sleeveless jacket that featured a white contrast lapel – was almost minimalist in its simplicity, a surprise coming from a maximalist such as Valli. With this collection, he struck a balance between the feminine looks his clients crave and spare separates, showing off his range and making for an appealing and diverse collection. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Slim and straight / Hourglass / Voluminous / Wide-shouldered
Color: Grey / White / Black / Gold / Navy / Cream / Lipstick red / Pale yellow / Blush
Key Items: Tailored pantsuits / Jumpsuits / Embellished sheaths / Wrap skirts
Materials: Lightweight wool suitings / Organza / Crisp cotton / Crinkled metallic nylon / Chiffon / Cloqué / Fine jersey / Taffeta / Lace / Bouclé yarns / Tweed
Print + Pattern: Painterly abstract florals
Details + Trim: Contrast lapels / Ribbon embellishments / Pleating / Draping and gathering / Wide shoulders / Layering / Jewel appliqués / Piecing / Peplums
Accessories + Footwear: Satin evening clutches / Metal cuffs / Pendant necklaces / Chokers / Collar embellishments / Skinny belts / Pointy-toe pumps
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