Runway Report: Giambattista Valli AW16 Couture

The pomp and splendour of French history is having somewhat of a renaissance right now – inspiring the big screen, interiors and of course fashion. Giambatista Valli’s latest couture collection drew on just that – full of voluminous puffed sleeves, dramatic ruffles and grown-up florals.
Silhouettes followed the history books quite precisely; a slim-fitting chiffon dress with neck ruffles and lace panelling, plus the introduction of fine jewellery from drop earrings to diamond encrusted buttons were but two examples. Being Valli, naturally there was many a desirable twist. Shapes may have been sophisticated and traditional, but hem-lengths were thigh-grazing, proportions hugely contrasting – nipped in at the waist but seen with huge, billowing sleeves – and the footwear was edgy, seriously pointy and a little contrary amongst the prim ensembles.
Embroidery was nothing short of exquisite, seen in a crest-like design on a sheer cream tank, and hot orange embellishment scattered from the shoulders, down a magenta pink fur.
Prints were dreamy, refined and entirely desirable – sure to inspire trends the world over. We loved the watercolour floral set across a voluminous dress, worn off the shoulders with a drop-hem at the back, not to mention a stunning parrot print dress coat, reminiscent of flock wallpapers from days gone by.
The collection was everything couture should be – a true display of craftsmanship, in every sense of the word.

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