February 18, 2012

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture

While this is only Giambattista Valli's second couture collection, he has already proven himself from the very first show.  Some people commented on Style.com that Valli should go to Dior, and after thinking about it, I can't say I would disagree.  If this were an audition for Dior, Valli would well make it into consideration.  But I am open to whatever Dior wishes to do.  At this point, we can only sit and wait to see what happens.

Anyway, back to Valli.  Throughout the show, it was restraint with increasing bits of fluff.  Valli started off with a strict, polished cape with appliqué flowers cascading down the shoulders.  From there, the flowers spread, puffs of fabric appeared on the shoulders, and lace enveloped the body.
Froth continued to take over as the looks began to get fancier with increasing embellishment and the silhouette loosened up with sheer A-line skirts.  However, it still wasn't without a stiff, crocodile pencil skirt and peplum top.
Then came flowy, floor-length dresses which took all the previous elements and morphed them into glamour with a silver bow belt, or a crumpled metal necklace.
After just two ball gowns, Valli wrapped it all up by mirroring the first look, but it was a much softer rendition.  The fluff had taken over, and all restraint was gone.  The look was covered in embroidery and done in a deeper colour. 
In a time when "couture is a dying art" gets thrown around more and more (oh how it pains me to hear that phrase...), it's nice to have a designer take on couture rather than step out of it.

Watch the entire show here.

Image Source: Style.com


  1. I am absolutely loving this collection! The different use of textures and materials is exquisite. I think my favorite looks are # 2, 3, 5, 8, 11, and 18. Gorg! :)

  2. Yeah, Valli at Dior would be amazing even if I thinkt hat Valli is too classic for Dior but it would be really really nice seeing him at Dior.

    This collection was amazing, my favorite haute couture collection and is really Valli. You wrote a wonderul review, btw :D


  3. This makes me want to be at fashion week!Aimee

  4. ...from simplicity to elaborated, to even more haute...oh how i love those huge bows and flowers, so the sheer skirts!...no no...its not gonna be a dying art for most of us...it is in fact growing even more excessive...

  5. GORGEOUS!! I'll take one of #5, #8 and #12! Such beautiful work!

    Hope you had a fabulous weekend, lovely ... happy new week!

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

  6. Love Valli always! Just sketched that white bow blouse and snake print skirt before. divine!

    Thanks for the comment!
    New post:New designs Day+Evening

  7. I love the piece on the picture after the first tekst-part! So gorgeous!
    Thanks for visiting!

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

  8. umm that's the dress emma stone wore at oscars and it looks so much better here with the necklace and all
    beautiful collection
    and yes i could see Valli in Dior

    1. Yeah, it was! It was a nice dress and all, but it looked so BORING. I think she needed to take some tips from how Valli himself styled it.