Society loves a bad girl. They love her smudged eyeliner, her haughty attitude, her sense of entitlement. She’s been the subject of as many shows, songs, and films as her girl-next-door counterpart. That’s because the bad girl – whether she craves attention or shuns it – has a far more interesting story to tell the next day. Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2014 Couture collection was made for provocateurs and purveyors of bad decisions.
Our anti-heroine walked the catwalk in an array of gleaming embellished gowns and mini dresses, which sizzled with improvised hemlines and yards of exposed legs. The tailoring effect of Valli’s skirts injected unpredictability into the equation with looks that were draped to resemble an off-kilter bowtie, folded like a turban, or showing a cascade of bi-level ruffles to frame the legs. His gowns – in mini and maxi varieties – were couture up top and party frocks down below. The Valli palette was in keeping with the spring season, showcasing a bevy of lovely florals against a landscape of neutrals or in color-blocked pairings. Detail work was important for adding texture to a mostly satin-and-silk collection. For instance, cherry blossom floral appliqués made from crystal beading allowed a structured black dress to stand out, and a jutting patchwork of 3-D lacquered appliqués added electrifying intensity to a cobalt-blue sheath dress. The fans that flock to Valli’s couture work will find energetic dresses befitting their next naughty adventure.
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