A Sea of Ballgowns at Giambattista Valli for Spring 2017 Couture

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Giambattisa Valli's collection is bursting with extravagant ballgowns for the socialite and celebrity and regal looks for the jetsetter.

Ever since Giambattista Valli launched his sister line, Giamba, his ready-to-wear and couture collections have become more youth-oriented. However, Spring 2017 Couture returns the designer to the distinctively refined sector of dress codes, with a collection bursting with extravagant ballgowns for the socialite and celebrity and regal looks for the jetsetter. By reworking familiar Edwardian silhouettes in sheer, embroidered fabrics and treating skimpy sleeveless cocktail dresses to lavish trains, Valli assured a Spring 2017 Couture collection that holds massive appeal for the deep-pocketed.

Giambattista Valli Spring 2017 Couture
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

The show ended with three voluminous tulle gowns that are the stuff of a thousand fairytale fantasies.

Early on in the presentation, Valli trained his focus on silk frocks and separates, which featured creased surfaces as if they had been pulled from a trunk and placed directly on the model. Whether these creased details are the result of ironing or mitering, the intentionality of the design spoke to the travel-ready nature of these looks. From the outset, Valli continued his beloved floral motif, rendering the creased silk looks in oversized orchid prints before turning out head-to-toe looks in twee pastoral florals.

While he (finally) lowered hemlines, the show was not without a dozen or so skin-baring cocktail dresses, but these body-conscious frocks were tempered by enormous trains made from either dense tulle or featherweight mousseline. The construction of these looks was particularly intricate, featuring printed fabrics that were wrapped, twisted, and puffed into enshrouding shapes. Valli also revisited the Edwardian silhouette with high-necked maxi dresses replete with ruffs that featured intensely worked surfaces made from networks of colorful embroidery. In the Valli tradition, the show ended with three voluminous tulle gowns that are the stuff of a thousand fairytale fantasies. In summary, his Spring 2017 Couture collection centered on variations on familiar themes we have seen from the designer many times over, but his formula is so successful, why mess with it?

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