Giambattista Valli

Paris: Texture and pattern were the key elements of Giambattista Valli’s Pre-Fall presentation, the former achieved with a prodigious use of fur and the latter via numerous mixed motif designs. For Valli’s signature sleeveless sheath dresses, geometric shapes played against leopard prints, cinched at the waist with wide brocade self-belts reminiscent of the Japanese obi. Outerwear and trim was built from shaggy fox and mink, layered in multi-colored patchworks and even fashioned into a chunky peplum on a dimensional wool skirt suit. Though less dramatic, the designer’s silk dresses were draped, twisted and pleated into feminine shapes, neatly accentuating the figure with bows knotted at the waist. —Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Slim / Long and lean / Hourglass / Boxy / A-line

Color: Ruby red / Black / Navy / White / Cinnamon / Plum / Brick / Tangerine / Camel

Key Items: Fur coats / Cropped trousers / Matched sets / Sleeveless sheath dresses / Long silk gowns / Wrapped blouses

Materials: Fur / Silk / Chiffon / Satin / Wool / Brocade

Print + Pattern: Leopard / Floral / Checks / Geometrics

Details + Trim: Pleating / Gathering / Fringe / Bows / Patchwork

Accessories + Footwear: Sheer hosiery / Platform wedges / Self belts

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