May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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FIRST TIME’S A CHARM
Paris: For his first foray into Haute Couture, Giambattista Valli based his collection on a remarkably simple garment – the cotton poplin shirtdress or blouse de cabine. The style appeared as a skirt for the first look, with the top portion hanging from the waist and later was layered under embellished pencil skirts and styled with voluminous evening skirts. Valli also offered A-line silhouettes and puff shapes, alongside the mid-century shirtdress silhouette. Tightly packed beading, feminine floral appliqués and feathers provided that couture-quality glitz and glamour that Valli had been eager to harness. Animal prints and striped feathers, which appeared toward the end of the show, hinted at tribal influences, but the main story was about taking something ordinary – in this case, the shirtdress – and making it extraordinary, and Valli certainly achieved what he set out to do. –Joanna Manganaro
Color: Bright white / Eggshell White / Black / Coral / Red
Key Items: Poplin shirtdresses / Embellished sheaths / Tiered peplum skirts / Capes / Pleated chiffon gazar gowns
Materials: Tweed / Cotton poplin / Lace / Mousseline / Tulle / Chiffon
Print + Pattern: Black and white florals / Animal prints
Details + Trim: Beading / Ostrich feathers / Sequins / Cap sleeves / Jewel necklines / Tiers / Bubble hems
Accessories + Footwear: Tied headbands / Gold leaf belts / Pearl necklaces / Beaded pumps
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