Couture began in the royal courts and continues today on the runways of Paris. It offers a chance for experimentation, for a house to flaunt the extreme side of its talented ateliers, for the fantasy side of fashion to kick into high gear. True to form, Giambattista Valli crafted over-the-top marvels for Fall 2015 Couture. With a heavy-handed approach to embellishment, his many drop-waist, sheath dresses, mini dresses, separates, and ball gowns were taken to the limit of sublimity with the addition of feathers, crystal beading, embroidery, glittering paillettes, shiny fringe, and more.
Yet for all the finery and enchantment of Valli’s couture collection, there was an ease at work within the silhouette, one that paired tunics with trim trousers for instance (albeit extremely gorgeous and intricately worked tunics and trousers). While a portion of the show was concentrated on separates, Valli also presented a comprehensive range of party frocks, cocktail dresses, and preternaturally gorgeous gowns. Some looks were finished with a flourish of voluminous chiffon or marabou feathers around the hips, while others were embroidered with a sprawling canvas of minute floral details. There were even solid column gowns that immediately evoked the word “goddess” and others that fell distinctly into a 1970s jetset category. Each was more stunning than the last until the finale, which pulled no punches. Valli sent feathered and frilled gowns down the runway that were so wide as to nearly touch each side of the aisle, and varied each look between monochromes, pastel florals, and even juicy shades of citrus. If you are visually starved for beauty, this collection will satisfy your cravings.
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