The bathing beauties that opened Giambattista Valli’s Fall 2014 Couture show could hardly prepare one for the sensational looks he showed at the end. So, consider this fair warning when flipping through the collection, because his evening gowns, while always incredible, existed at an entirely new level this time.
Valli launched his presentation with a series of striped looks that distilled the modesty of early bathing suits, the sleepy feel of pajama dressing and the elegance of the jetsetting 70s into luxe daywear. From there, looks alternated between body-conscious pieces smothered in a crust of floral appliqués and two-piece striped vinyl. Then Valli mashed the two looks together, casting the appliqués atop a shiny sea of glossy fabric.
The whole thing took a turn for the preternaturally gorgeous by Look 11, when a perfect, creamy ball gown came down the runway enlivened with a 3D bouquet of blossoms. Each gown that passed before our eyes was more desirable than the next with fitted bodices and full skirts that demanded attention. Before the parade of saccharine confections could sap us of our appetite, Valli changed form and began pairing his saturated blossoms with plain button-up oxford blouses. The capes, florals, stripes, and furs were all just a build-up to the closing looks, which featured absolutely stunning, voluminous ball gowns in technicolor ombré shades of candy pink, seafoam, and periwinkle. Although Valli is reliable for his eveningwear and red carpet elegance, he all but outdid himself for Fall 2014 Couture.
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