For Spring 2015 Couture, Giambattista Valli infused a prim and proper collection of ladylike separates, voluminous skirts, and frothy gowns with rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and the results were, for the most part, very cool and clever. However, there were times when it felt like there was one element too many occurring on a single look. Although Valli layered pants and skirts together for the first time, it almost felt like he shouldn’t. In the case of springtime finery, bare legs would be better, especially when styled with a stunning tweed jacket and tulle skirt.
Beyond that fussy detail, the rest of the collection was as gorgeous and inspiring as anything we would expect from the king of romantic flourishes. Early looks featured a triptych of layers: tailored tweed jacket, trousers, and some form of an airy skirt, all done in shades of ivory, jet black, baby pink, and lavender. Valli demonstrated his couturier knack for detail work by expanding houndstooth prints and decorating gowns and outerwear with teeny tiny blossoms. The rock ‘n’ roll effect of early looks was completely replaced by Victorian-era silhouettes by Look 29, with high-necked lace-and-silk contraptions stealing the spotlight. Often, Valli would combine extreme elements together, and the collection saw plenty of luxe displays, like floor-scraping fur capes and multi-tiered mash-ups of lace, 3-D floral appliqués, and sheer paneling. The show closed with some real stunners, like ruffled chiffon capes and skintight matching separates, and a lush rose-pink dress with double-wide volume that featured a triple-layered skirt. We can’t wait to see that one walking the red carpet.
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