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Giambattista Valli

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BAROQUE SPACE AGE

Paris: The mod silhouettes that we’ve seen on the runways all month blended seamlessly into Giambattista Valli’s S/S 11 collection. The Emanuel Ungaro alum has always fancied an abbreviated hemline, and shift-y shapes regularly find their way into his shows. This season, models paraded out in matched sets, boxy frocks, column skirts, and as usual, Valli couldn’t resist including a few fluffy creations featuring piled-on feather and floral embellishments. A nod to the 60s Space Age aesthetic came in the form of highly reflective metallic patch pockets, while baroque prints, extravagant embroidery, and heavy cloqué fabrics recalled centuries past. A favorite of socialites and young celebrities, Valli knows his customer well. The range offered could accommodate the busiest of social calendars, and although some of the frou-frou embellishment was excessive this season, there were plenty of wearable pieces to distract from the overdone.

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