Giambattista Valli Couture Paris 2015
Giambattista Valli is one of those rare couturiers who actually sell. A lot. His audience is thronged with clients in his exaggerated ruffles, embroidered laces, evening dresses for day. Anna Dello Russo in last season’s acidic-coloured crystal-studded gazar drapes is the perfect illustration of the ideal Valli girl.
For autumn/winter 2014, Valli stuck to his modus operandi – but loosened it up, somewhat. Ticking-striped silks were swathed with the simplicity of aprons around the body. There was a grandeur, but they felt a little deflated – literally and metaphorically. There was a crispness to silk shirt-dresses with the volume of fifties couture, while vast ball skirts smothered in tiered ruffles or, roughly, every ostrich feather in the northern hemisphere, were teamed with the simplest short-sleeve shirts. Business on top, party down below.
By Alexander Fury
Alexander Fury is Fashion Editor of The Independent