Enter "The Valli Experience” For Giambattista Valli's Haute Couture N° 22 & Pre-Fall 2022 Collections
Tweeds, Tulle and Cheetah—Oh, My!
Tweeds, Tulle and Cheetah—Oh, My!
Text: Stevie Rowley
For the new collections, Giambattista Valli wants viewers to go on a journey through his “Savoir-Faire” and experience all that he and the brand have to offer, jumping from simple mini dresses with shirt and short combinations, to larger-than-life ball and evening gowns. Although better known for his wonderous couture creations, Valli is showing the world he can design for more than one category. For the Ready-to-Wear looks, Valli sticks to a very formal and elegant look—using a mix of tweed, and florals for the majority of the fabrics to give off a modern-day Jackie Kennedy feel, thus creating a balance between business attire and high fashion. Playing to a younger audience by introducing cheetah print, a textile that has been trending over the last couple of seasons that gives an abstract feel to the lineups.
For the couture pieces, Valli stuck to the traditional textiles for the brand. Extravagant taffeta falls around the skirt of each dress, creating a perfectly poofy silhouette. Tulle is bunched together to create elaborate tufts of fabric, swallowing the model in the dress. Silk mousseline shines in the light of the runway, giving the ballgowns a slippery wet look. Each fabric perfectly complements each look's design in a way that can only be described as a work of art—utilizing a color palette of neutrals and bright colors to command one's attention.
For the bright colors, Valli optimized baby pink, burnt orange, red, and a deep Fuschia, giving off a certain sense of purity and innocence that translated to every piece—a total youthful look. Although a seemingly odd color, the burnt orange added a fiery emotion to the collection, and was paired perfectly to enhance that fire. Red created a sultry feeling, commanding all eyes and refusing to let them go. Finally, the deep fuschia was featured for only one dress. Paired with matching fuschia tights, this dress was the perfect mix of ready-to-wear and couture. It had a certain street style essence to it that the other dresses did not meet. Maybe it was the combination of the tights, or the floral embellishment on the bust, but this fuschia color was the center of attention.
Sans the overload accessories for this collection, the luxe embellishments and detailed additions to the garments certainly enhanced the overall look. For the silk ballgowns, Valli included big bows on the bust or included a giant puff on the bust. This gave each gown a more interesting look than a typical sweetheart or aline look. The bow gave a youthful elegance, while the abstract poof gave an aura of sophistication. The mix of embellishments created an interesting dynamic between the different dresses, showing that Valli can adhere to both a younger and older audience. For a select few of the floral pieces, Valli added protruding feathers to the garments. The feathers not only added texture and dimension to an otherwise two-dimensional garment but a whimsical feel as well. Finally, Valli used silver crystals to add an expensive and luxurious feel to his collection. Paired with cream silk, the crystal-embellished dress was the right amount of extra to create a one-of-a-kind piece.
Watch "The Valli Experience" below to discover the full collection now!