The amaranth personality of the Giambattista Valli presentation took new form for Fall/Winter 2015, adding up to a directional approach for the brand. Clearly, designing for his second, youth-oriented label Giamba has influenced the designer, steering him toward relaxed sensibilities, which included a surprising line-up of tunic-and-trouser pairings and a lean, fit-and-flare silhouette. It was feminine and modern, with Valli’s signature love of sparkle and ruffles enhancing the innate luxury of the proceedings.
A peaked-shoulder tunic launched the show; done in color blocking and sequined yoking, it was an appealing opening sequence. He followed it up with a variety of mod sleeveless dresses, striped jumpsuits, fur coats, and coordinated separates. Looks were festooned with eye-popping graphics, like chevron patterns, abstracted swirls, and Valli’s iconic florals. The designer also experimented with color pairings, dicing up sturdy neutrals with pops of bright red or blue, and inserting pastel paneling into monochrome separates. Mismatched colors amped up the eccentricity of many looks, like a beige, ribbed knit turtleneck fitted with an angular bib of maroon sequins and paired with a red mini skirt, or a black-and-red tunic worn over a pair of white trousers covered in amorphous blobs of pink, purple, and gold beading. Pastel floral patterns shown against jet-black backgrounds made pretty work of the last half of the show, and, with so much visual intensity going on, Valli’s simple tunics, trousers, and maxis took on astonishing exteriors. Versatility was a definite selling point for the collection, as most of the tunics could easily be worn as mini dresses or vice versa. This diversified collection actually works really well as far as new brand directions go, enticing a more youthful clientele to explore the beauty of Valli’s unique fantasies without risking a stray into unfamiliar territory.
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