Giambattista Valli’s characteristically frothy, full-skirted collection was seen by many as a throwing of his couturier’s scissors into the ring.
Valli has a thriving, and perhaps more importantly, young, customer base who turn to him for the essence of couture: exceptional workmanship and knock-out dresses that will render them perfection.
Backstage Valli resorted to the language of flowers to describe his collection, inspired as it was by the gardens of Paris.
Hemlines were cheekily abbreviated but never short on exquisite detail. Strapless shapes were delicately embroidered with grids or bands of jewelled flowers; others came with ballooning tulle sleeves, hand-embroidered with the sweetest of patterns that somehow never felt saccharine.
Then came the now-signature hulking tulle dresses that frothed and flounced their way down the runway in sweeping shades of tomato red, dove grey and icy pink. These last looks are confirmation of Valli’s popularist ambitions – who can forget Rihanna floating down to the Grammy’s last year in a fondant pink sea anemone of a dress?
See full collection in Vogue