Runway Report: Giambattista Valli Fall 2016

A dose of romanticism was in order today at Giambattista Valli, with a collection full of feminine frills, where botany inspired appliqués and soft sixties silhouettes ensued.

Valli’s girls however, came with a little attitude; hair slicked back, cascading into strong waves and minimal makeup, save for flashes of metallic eyeliner. Bomber jackets paired with skirts and sensible cocoon-shaped outerwear added a sense of androgyny while black formed the basis of the collection, highlighted by flashes of pastels, banana yellow and a powdery royal blue. The juxtaposition of fierce femininity continued to the footwear, with straps and buckles up to the knee.
Texture was key here, with floral applique seen combined into stripes, mixed with super-soft furs. Silks and chiffon fell fluidly; structure added with pleats, swathes of fabric crossed over one-another and by frills dancing away from necklines and forming dramatic high collars.
A little glitz was added by sequin-encrusted skinny belts and geometric lines, overlaid on to a blush pink fur coat with oversized lapels. The finale combined everything Valli fans adore, with a line of full-skirted gowns, each displaying his masterful knack of combining feminine allure with fresh, fashion-forward ideas.

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