Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2014

by Dena Silver
Giambattista Valli

Perhaps you’ve seen the images by now, splashed across Instagram and Twitter, of Giambattista Valli‘s finale of ruffled couture gowns in tropical hues, topped off with round shades and a chic white turban-esque topper. An overdose of Old Hollywood glamour? Anything but. The collection was a refresher course on what couture should be: a smattering of simple, well-articulated dresses alongside intricately embroidered gowns, accessorized with touches of lilac fur, and just a sprinkle of black sequins. Valli was even able to put a couture spin on stripes, turning a basic shirtdress into a voluminous gown with a gathered skirt.

But back to that floral business: these blooms weren’t your run-of-the-mill fauna. Valli replicated a whole bouquet of flowers, and then some, like a sprinkle of daisies and pansies on a lace gown, roses and hydrangeas encircling a tea-length dress, and wreaths of lilacs dripping down a white peplum jacket. His take on gilded flowers, as a necklace or a belt, were absolutely divine. Valli’s girls will be placing those orders stat…

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