Runway Report: Giambattista Valli SS16

Giambattista Valli went mod meets modern for SS16, pairing chic shifts and babydoll dresses aplenty with art nouveau florals and futuristic understated cut-outs and wavy hems in a ever-romantic collection that had all the fittings for modern day fairytale or high-fashion garden party alike. Ruffles and ribbons, scarf-tied necks and sheer billowing sleeves balanced structured A-line minis and coats, with stud lined welt pockets. Florals bloomed over ruffle tiered maxis, head-to-toe suiting, and growing vines of beaded embellishments wrapping around shoulders and sleeves.
In glitter flatform gladiatior sandals and abstract sculptural pendant necklaces, Valli’s styling spoke to the modern day mix and match street styling, adding personality and an accessibility to the ensembles. As Valli’s always do, the collection eventually swelled to sweeping red carpet moment proportions, but in a much more bohemian and pared down way, with ruffled hems and perfectly executed tiered details taking centerstage over embellishments, speaking to a Spring 2016 of understatement which seemed entirely fresh.

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