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Show Report: Giambattista Valli S/S 14 Haute Couture

by Stephanie LaCava on 20 January 2014

Stephanie LaCava reports on the Giambattista Valli S/S 14 haute couture show.

Stephanie LaCava reports on the Giambattista Valli S/S 14 haute couture show.

I'm in favour of short pretty much always and to see a couture show taking that chance over and over is a delight. Giambattista Valli once again presented his take on the season, a little younger, a little cooler, with lots of layering, embroidery and bows. I always think of the wings (elytra) of ladybird beetles opening down the middle when I see Valli's split fabric skirts, a metaphor which works alongside all the embellished naturalia.

Here were lacquered electric blue flowers, coral and fuchsia branches and  green on black baobab trees, signature bows and mixed up proportions, one floor sweeping dress hid pockets in a fabric knot wrapped at the hips. Awesome odd colour pairings included a hunter green silk skirt under a blue flower-covered shift, big Spree coloured paillettes coming out from beneath a white skirt and tank growing mint leaves; and the reverse: a confetti collar on a similar sheer dress.

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