Giambattista Valli Autumn Winter 2013
Photos: Courtesy of Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli has proven more than once to be more than just a designer, he is a true couturier. This time around he managed to translate his skill swiftly into an easy, down to earth ready to wear collection that glided through masculine and feminine elements.
He opened with a series of white and cream looks consisting mainly of sporty jackets with furry collars over white outfits and draped chiffon skirts. He moved onto shinier fabrics and a group of black looks that included sweaters with holes placed on purpose; the only pieces in the showing that had a slight "punkish" appeal. Fur was ubiquitous: trims, coats, vests and even a short evening black dress lined underneath with chiffon. In addition he turned to his usual animal prints combining them with black to create sheath dresses or a sweater and draped skirt outfit. Only a couple of looks sported a red over black floral motif print. Bright red, baby pink and pistachio green were also part of his chosen color palette. The show closed very much like it opened: a cream coat over a long chiffon dress, this time with a crystal-embellished neck.
Talking about embellishments, Valli's love of decoration was unusually absent in this presentation; something which played very much in favor of the glamour and wearability of this outing.