Tuesday, March 10, 2009

PFW: Giambattista Valli Fall/Winter 2009

Giambattista Valli last season was all about a dressy, more serious extravagance. That's what the designer completely stepped away from this season. Paying homage to the mid-Sixties-Seventies and pulling inspiration from Yves Saint Laurent's lifestyle, he showed a collection depicting the image of modern elegance. The collection showed simple, straight silhouettes, and Russian referenced peasant sleeves. The color palette was made up of petrol blues, teal blues, black, white burnt reds and oranges.
This collection was obviously not light, showing elaborate majestic long riding coats, real peacock feathers, and ombréd furs. A-lined shaped or funnel neck coats were seen as well. Narrow skirts were paired with coats, blouses, vest tops, and cropped jackets with exaggerated sleeves.
Innovative was a
jumpsuit, created with a sheer tank attached to white wide-cut pants.
His skill with cutting was clearly flaunted when he stripped all decorative elements and downplayed colors. Russian references were noticeably visible when models walked down the runway in metallic brocades, and plaited and tasseled silk belts.

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