Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli Couture Fall/Winter 2012


Paris: Giambattista Valli is relatively new to couture, this being his third collection, and he seemed to have been swept away by the glamour, the ostentatiousness, the over-the-top-ness of this rarefied world. For his current collection, Valli imagined an enchanted garden complete with wood nymphs, fairies, reflecting ponds, and even a witchy princess. Romantic floral prints appeared for nearly every look, and golden flowers and leaves were formed into necklaces and belts. The net veils stretched across each model’s face were sometimes festooned with butterflies, and a skirt was made from embellished fabric leaves pieced together. The most notable aspect of the collection was its riot of ruffles. They were piled at the neck in almost-suffocating excess, and they added volume to the sides and skirts of numerous looks. While it’s arguable that Valli may have overdone the ruffles, his passion for the collection and its theme was palpable, and it made for some exciting clothing. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Top-heavy / Cocoon / A-line / Bottom-heavy

Color: Blood red / Emerald / Bottle green / Pale pink / Purple

Materials: Organza / Taffeta / Chiffon / Printed silks

Print + Pattern: Romantic florals and leaves

Details + Trim: Ruffles / Peplums / Leaf and flower appliqués / Embroidery / Feathers

Accessories + Footwear: Butterfly-embellished veils / Gold metal flower and leaf chokers / Gold metal flower and leaf belts / Fabric belts / Satin sandals / Pointy-toe pumps


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