Runway Report: Giambattista Valli Couture SS18

Giambattista Valli spiced things up for Spring 2018 couture season, combining his well-known, ornate, feminine styles with a distinct edge.  While guests still felt transported – as the designer often provides – to a Goddess-laden land of flowing embroidered silks and tiered empire waists, we felt there was a sharpness to the show that made us love one of our favorite designers even more.

The show commenced with short cocktail dresses, many made of velvet Campanula re-embroidered macramé in white, black, and pops of color, most paired with chunky thigh-high patent leather black boots.  Then came the gowns, ranging from the designer’s signature: ruffled, silk organza, floor-length, pastel, floral.  Others were more art deco and paneled, entirely embroidered with “paillettes rays” which shimmered brightly with each step, a stunning contrast to another sleek evening gown made entirely of black leather and black embroidered silk.  There were pant ensembles in purple with feather trim, only to be outdone by pink and grey pants with white wing-like feathers stitched vertically down the outer pant seams.

While the entire collection shown in the majestic Petit Palais was worth coveting, we felt that the défilé dénouement was the designer’s show-stopping lime green tulle ball gown that trailed over the audience’s toes, as its width took up nearly the entire runway.

With something for everyone, Giambattista Valli once again gave guests the perfect mix of fantasy comes to life couture.

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Sarah Berner is a fashion industry advisor, investor, and business leader. She is particularly passionate about brands that empower women and fashion for the woman on the go, given her non-stop schedule that traverses the many disparate dress codes of Manhattan and beyond. While she spends an inordinate amount of time in Gucci slides, her favorite accessory is Luddie her 5-lbs Chihuahua. You can follow her on Instagram @saraheberner.