With high-end couture labels and designers like Givenchy, Hermès and Stella McCartney showcasing their fall/winter creations at the Paris Fashion Week, Italian designer Giambattista Valli's creations were unique and impressive without any form of overdoing the layers unlike many of his contemporaries.
The lady-like collection presented by the designer was complete with all feminine details like bows, embellishments and ruffles and was as sophisticated as could be.
No wonder the front row of the show was occupied not by the usual Hollywood stars but by names like Fiat heir Bianca Brandolini and Valli has Lee Radziwill.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Valli's take on the season was comfortable, roomy, and ultimately, vividly notice-me colorful, even when it comes to gowns. If the test of a collection is what you remember it hours after seeing it, then Valli's winner is an orange-patterned pant suit with a trim "Mad Men" silhouette and an utterly modern splotchy print.
Of particular attraction were the tapered black trousers paired with geometric print tunics or slim coats. Another interesting creation was tweed and leather blouse-jacket that was matched with ruffled pencil skirts.
Valli often credits his work with Capucci with teaching him about the nuances in the relationship between atelier and master as well as the fundamental technical aspects of colour and volume. He has also worked with designer labels like Fendi and Krizia in the past and in 1997 he was appointed art director of fashion for Emanuel Ungaro ready-to-wear.
However, it was only in July 2011 that the designer showed his very first haute couture collection in Paris. The show met profound critical acclaim from the fashion community, being hailed by journalists as a significant achievement.
Catch a glimpse of the fall/winter collection of Giambattista Valli at the Paris Fashion Week below: