Spring 2013 Paris Fashion Week: Giambattista Valli

– By Nausheen Shah – 

Fresh off his first season of Couture, Giambattista Valli now has the luxury of separating his two inner design children, the over-the-top flouncy feminine and the refined tailored lady.  And that is exactly what he did.
Giambattista Valli’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection was chock-full of tailored pieces showcasing his craftsmanship and his play on the working woman vs a lady of leisure.  Beginning looks translated into cotton-shirting jumpsuits, shortened jackets and cropped pants which slowly metamorphosed into floral printed and embellished pencil skirts paired with organza shells.
Valli also managed to hit this season’s tops trends of transparency and metallic offering sheer dresses with single-breasted blazers and chiffon skirts with matching briefs.  A sporadic pop of gold crushed metallic appeared in the form of a short-sleeved belted dress and in addition, showcased its glow on the hem of a simple white shift.
Also falling into the rouge, blanc et noir trend color movement this season, Valli balanced his more austere looks with floral appliquéd, crochet and lace seductive pieces not leaving much to the imagination although making you curious to see more.
Throughout the show it was as if Valli had finally allowed the base of his creations to really shine through now that he has saved his flashy but pretty show pieces for the couture runway.  But lucky for us, we now get to see Valli’s true sense of versatility.
Nausheen Shah is a New York based fashion designer turned stylist/creative consultant who has worked for the likes of Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen.  In her travels, Nausheen’s love of language, cuisine, art and interior design flourished, informing her unique, distinctive, and global style.  She also runs her own ‘fashion as a lifestyle’ blog – A Shah’s Life and can be followed on Facebook @nausheenshahstylist and Twitter @nausheenshah
Photos courtesy of Style.com

About the Author