Giambattista Valli’s Deeply Romantic Fall 2017 Couture Collection

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Giambattista Valli delivers on his beloved signatures with a breathtaking, romantic collection for Fall 2017 Couture.

Fresh off the announcement that Artemis, the investment arm of Kering, had acquired a minority stake in Giambattista Valli came a new collection for Fall 2017 Couture that proved why the acquisition was a savvy move for the luxury conglomerate. With Valli’s signature high/low hemlines, miles of tulle, and intense embellishment, the designer staked his corner of red-carpet confection with confidence.

In keeping with the times, Valli chose to share his show worldwide via Instagram Live. If live stories on the popular social-media site are a main artery to fan reactions, consider their collective pulse racing every time one of Valli’s pink, red, or otherwise romantically hued gowns hit the runway. Each time his dreamy looks staggered through the courtyard on ridiculously high platform shoes, the Instagram live feed would explode with hearts, signifying the eager tapping of a thousand fingers. Similarly, the audience in attendance chose to view the collection primarily through their own screens, eliciting hundreds of impressions. What could be more instantaneously gratifying?

Giambattista Valli Fall 2017 Couture
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

Valli once said, “The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette,” and he has managed to achieve the next-to-impossible by leaning into the mullet hem. With frothy mini dresses featuring thigh-skimming hems that cascade into long, elegant trains in the back, Valli has chosen a signature that is both youthful and sophisticated.

We’ve come to expect big finales from Valli, and he delivered with an array of electrified tulle gowns with voluminous silhouettes.

While this suggests that there is nothing radical or new about the Giambattista Valli Fall 2017 Couture collection – as he is walking a well-trod path – that doesn’t mean it wasn’t utterly gorgeous. Valli’s mini dresses are somewhat unyielding in their shape, given their densely embroidered and embellished surfaces, but each passing version was more gorgeous than the last. There were floral looks topped with tough leather sheaths, draped goddess-like frocks in vibrant citrus hues, and dramatic high/low hemmed versions featuring whimsical eyelet fabric and puffball sleeves. His use of crimson and pink on classic gowns punctuated the runway with heart-racing romanticism, while other looks were dusted with delicate floral appliqués.

We’ve come to expect big finales from Valli, and he delivered with an array of electrified tulle gowns with voluminous silhouettes. Unlike seasons past, he kept the color arrangement tame, focusing his closing looks on shades of pink and one immensely satisfying black tulle gown that we’re already dying to see on the red carpet. In opposition to the new status quo of silently filming the end of a fashion show on one’s phone, a fan stood up and clapped enthusiastically. It happened to be Céline Dion, whose wild applause signaled that Valli had struck a chord.

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