In accordance with seasonal trends, Giambattista Valli scaled back for Spring/Summer 2015, moving fluidly between crisp, elongated lines and youthful brevity. His work was suffused with organic rhythms and graphic accents, featuring a pastel palette contrasted by abstract black shapes that resembled teardrops and waves.
If you saw both Japanese influence and 1960s style in the presentation, your instincts were right on the money, as Valli cited the 60s Japanese “Metabolism” movement as a reference point. Metabolism promotes harmony between the natural and the man-made by assimilating organic shapes into modern architectural designs, like the ‘Takara Beautillion’ created by the movement’s founder Kisho Noriaki Kurokawa. The structure featured tetrahedron modules that could “grow” in different directions and resembled plant cells. In similar fashion, Valli juxtaposed structured mini dresses with biotic prints, like abstracted cherry blossoms, but the collection’s starchy fabrics guaranteed that these eternal blossoms would never wilt.
He applied leaf-like shingles to add vivid movement, which built complexity into his minimalist looks, while others were slashed to a fringe. The collection relied primarily on two styles: a sleeveless tunic worn with slim, elongated pants bisected with graphic stripes or short dresses decorated with prints, tiny bows, scalloped accents, and circular geometry. At the end, his nature references transitioned from print to 3-D as he dappled blossoming branches on two breathtaking ivory looks. His Spring/Summer 2015 collection was a well-articulated marriage between artistic concept and stylish execution, which forged a relationship between the ultra-modern and the ultra-wearable.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree