Runway Report: Giambattista Valli Spring 2016 Couture

Italian-born Giambattista Valli has called Paris home for 18 years and after the terrorist attacks this past November, it was time to give thanks to his beloved city by looking at the city’s famous gardens. “It’s kind of a thank-you to Paris,” he said backstage. “You know that flowers are my obsession. This time they come from the Parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Palais-Royal, and the Jardin des Tuileries.”

The collection was as romance-inducing as the city itself. Short lengths, exaggerated volumes, Watteau backs, and a handful of empire-waist gowns with tight bodices hoisting folds of white chiffon. And, for the wow factor in not so delicate doses, Giambattista presented a finale of tiered and pleated tulle ball gowns in a range of blush colors.

Sparkle and sequins were downplayed in favor of colorful embroideries and appliqués with intricate floral designs circling the neckline or blooming from the hems. There was also two standout evening coats, one embroidered with a rosebush motif made of mink, another with the fur married to macramé that had been embroidered with garlands of flowers and tipped in crystal beads.

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