At Giambattista Valli’s Spring/Summer 2016 show, his “Valli Girls” had diamonds on the soles of their shoes, or more accurately: glitter on the soles of their cool, strappy gladiators. With a collection that blended 1930’s Art Deco upholstery prints, 1960s A-line mini dresses, and 1970s disco glamour, he ended up with looks that were anything but dated, which is almost ironic given the multitude of past decades he referenced. By accenting his youthful pieces with contrast graphic pockets, sequined collars, acid-neon eyeshadow, harness halters, and scalloped edging, Valli kept modern artistry pulsing through the presentation.
The majority of the show featured the strong, linear geometry of a brief and tidy silhouette, exuberantly expressed on printed sleeveless tops, short skirts, and mini dresses that were decorated by graphic accents reminiscent of the work of mod designers like Pierre Cardin, Mary Quant, and André Courrèges. The throat was emphasized by a smattering of chiffon scarves, sequined collars, high-necked ruffles, and embellished halter/choker hybrids that were modest, but dazzling. Meanwhile, scalloped hems were transmuted into cape sleeves, which decorated breezy frocks, and later at the end of the show into a series of disco-glam gowns that stitched with breezy ruffled layers.
Ever since Valli launched his Giamba sister line, his work has become more youthful and mindful of the social media zeitgeist. As such, Gigi Hadid was tapped to close the show, appearing as a fresh-faced bohemian goddess in a lovely peasant maxi – a fitting end to a show that was all about the vigor of being young, carefree, and envied.
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