If you choose to eschew menswear for Fall/Winter 2014, like Giambattista Valli, how do you make the adroitly feminine different and interesting? If we’ve seen one dress, we’ve seen a thousand, and it takes incredible powers of persuasion to make a simple, sleeveless frock viable for the chilly months. However, Valli happens to be something of an expert at persuasion. He beckons us forward with fuzzy prints, thigh-skimming hemlines, and doily-like textures that were gnawed up with laser-precise cutouts. Instead of a traditional peplum, Valli pinches his in at the sides, adding a structure to the silhouette that made it all the more enticing. His metallic gossamer winged look, crosshatched mini dresses, and glittering coats provided a textural counterpoint to other frocks that featured smooth floral prints. In a sense, Valli scaled back for the season, showing almost no outerwear and leaving looks barelegged and coltish. This was a chancey move for the designer, but the forward-thinking femininity of his work moved the audience regardless of expectations.
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