GIAMBATTISTA VALLI practically had us skipping out of the Lycee Henri IV tonight after presenting a collection that was part fairytale, part modern princess – full of delicious colour and sumptuous decoration but expertly swerving any frothy or saccharine eccentricity.
Quilted floral white mini dresses came with bold foil necklaces and glittering blue and green embellishments, while Valli’s determination to get us into the shortest possible skirts meant they were eyebrow raising at the front and then puffed to undulating peplums at the back and over each hip. Sometimes a slash of black pelmet at the front served as an attempt to protect our modesty – but so juicy were the colours, so pretty the cornflower and poppy prints, so rich the fabrics, that perhaps nobody will notice if the skirts are too short.
Glorious colour combinations put raspberry with cerise and rose, or peach with mint and cream, for tunic dresses that were wrapped in huge blue satin skirts bowed at the front, as Valli’s signature celebration of femininity put us all in the mood. His final offering of bustier dresses with voluminous skirts and contrasting peplum sashes couldn’t fail to put him in the red carpet frontline for the current – and future – awards season.
Source : VOGUE