Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Giambattista Valli’s exuberant collection for spring featured clever patterns, exotic influences and masses of ruffles and embellishments. Fringe and dropped waists hinted at a 1920s inspiration. A houndstooth motif was blown up into a grainy print for a woven top with leather trim, and a chevron-striped coat was embellished with flat, elongated plastic sequins that looked like feathers from a distance. Leopard print made an appearance on dresses and was pieced into coats, but looked best in a cropped pony skin jacket with matching silk tap pants. Panels of rose-shaped ruffles on a simple shift had dip-dyed edges, making the petals seem real. Valli’s collection was flirty and fun, yet maintained its sophistication with a sure-handed use of simple silhouettes and rich surfaces.
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