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Giambattista Valli

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FROUFROU DELUXE

Paris: Bubbly, young, and luxe, Giambattista Valli’s swinging 60s looks this season were no reflection of the financial state of his manufacturer, Mariella Burani Fashion Group (who recently filed for bankruptcy). Despite any worries behind the scenes, Valli’s models looked like carefree teenage socialites in frilly dresses with mod silhouettes. Fullness was given to skirts and hemlines with rows of feathers, fur and shredded silks. Glitzy beading and sequin flowers also added sparkle and texture to black chiffon color blocks. There was a lot of color- and texture-blocking in general, particularly for boxy shift dresses. The generally neutral palette was accented by neon orange and a frothy pastel pink. Valli offered his own take on this season’s double-breasted pantsuit with a jazzy black velvet tuxedo version, and kept the theme by adding a tuxedo bib to a draped chiffon gown that came out shortly after. A few outfits showed meant-to-be-seen bras that were clearly visible through sheer outer layers. Froufrou neck ruffs were consistent with the collection’s confectionary elements, and worked as decadently playful neck warmers. The collection could accommodate even the fullest of social calendars, with an appropriate outfit for almost every event — perfect for Valli’s young and moneyed customer base.

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