Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 14: Giambattista Valli
Valli's garden of girls
As noted by the Italian designer while recently speaking at a talk hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Valli stated, "Chanel – minimalism and black, Saint Laurent – tuxedo, Me (Valli) – flowers. Yes, sometimes there are a lot. I'm a man of excess..."
Keeping this in mind, Valli's use of excess for his latest Couture AW14 collection was used in all the right places.
The beautiful collection had airs of a glamorous beach club in the era of 1950s Hollywood, with its monochromatic stripes, sunny colors and dresses blossoming with spring flowers – perhaps inspired from a trip the designer took to the gardens of Alhambra.
Valli relaxed the decadent couture mood by sending out models with slick up-does and white scarves tied around their head in a bow, as well as retro style sunglasses. The clothes continued the eclectic and easy atmosphere, as Valli paired pajama tops with larger than life printed or embroidered evening skirts.
A fan of the floral persuasion, the desiginer still applied his dense embroideries to flaring Fifties dresses in white silk faille, tight pencil skirts, and over lace, which covered bathing suit bottoms peeking out from underneath.
The finale looks featured long elegant skirts made of tulle ruffles which featured an ombre effect in vibrant colours, such as hot pink, pastel blue, lemon yellow and pistachio green.