Haute Couture Spring/Summer 14: Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli delivered a bouquet of ravishing embellishment, bold colours and rich fabrics to the runway for Spring/Summer 14, with an emphasis on a short yet structured silhouette. The designer actually dedicated the show to short dresses and skirts – a more seductive modern look, which he called a "spontaneous attitude".
There were rolls of heavy silk placed on hips with bow-like finishes and origami folds to create feminine shape. Towards the end of the collection, an array of long satin skirts with heavily beaded peplum shaped tops (giving the idea of a short skirt) and sleevless floral applique crop tops appeared.
The colour palette consists of rich jewel tones of pink, purple and blue while embracing dreamlike pastels of mint and warm beige.
Many of Valli's designs were brought to life by crystal embroidery and floral decoration – creating an ultra luxurious couture collection for women who embrace youth and femininity.