Giambattista Valli Goes Baroque for Spring/Summer 2017

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A modern-day Marie Antoinette would have had a field day with this collection.

For Spring/Summer 2017, Giambattista Valli entered his baroque period as bourgey, rococo ideas permeated his collection. His peers are feeling the same vibe this season, but it was Valli who brought lightness and youth to throwback items like taffeta balloon jackets and ruffled chiffon gowns. He did so by showcasing sweet pastoral florals on abbreviated dresses, dainty slips festooned with embroidery, and garden-party gowns etched with delicate, leaf-like appliqués that fluttered in the breeze. A modern-day Marie Antoinette would have had a field day with this collection. One can imagine a frolicking doyenne and her claqueurs enjoying a breezy day at Petit Trianon in these opulent, airy looks.

Photo: Courtey of Imaxtree

One can imagine a frolicking doyenne and her claqueurs enjoying a breezy day at Petit Trianon in these opulent, airy looks.

Rather than doing a whole “look”, Valli allowed throwback details to appear in the slight puff of a sleeve on a delicately printed crop top, in the banded and ruffled construction of a Victorian sleeve, and in the elaborately jeweled neckline of an off-shoulder mini dress.

All in all, the message was youthful, born on crop tops, slim cigarette trousers, lace bralettes, embellished mini skirts, and sparkly slip dresses. Valli’s namesake line has long been associated with red-carpet finery, but nowadays there is not much separating his work for Giambattista Valli from what he shows for his younger sister line Giamba. As seasons progress, Valli delves deeper into a youth aesthetic that has all but abandoned his red-carpet cause. That being said, those gorgeously embroidered and appliquéd closing gowns are more than worthy of an A-list moment.

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