Giambattista Valli

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Autumn-Winter 2013/14 – After the seduction of Versace, and the modernity of Chanel, Giambattista Valli was a gentle reminder of what Couture has always stood for – romance, beauty and splendor. The opening dress set the mood, for it was white, light and airy as a cloud. It was every little girls dream with white ruffles creating ballerina like tutu’s. The show can be described like a flower garden with dresses nipped in at the waist before a blossoming skirt of ruffles and life-like petals cascaded around the hem. Amidst the ruffling and embroidery, the waist was protruded with a flurry of fabrics or accentuated with jewell encrusted waist belts. At times, shapes were extreme with oversized puffed-out sleeves and extreme white bows, but all the while, the range maintained its pretty and feminine persona. At times, dresses were symbolic of Wedgewood China with blue floral prints against the crisps white. Full length red and white gowns were given volume with peplum waist. This captured the essence of the range which was a collection full of volume, femininity and beauty.

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Written by Zoe Garton

Zoe Garton was one of the first contributors to the Catwalk Yourself project. She has a fervour for fashion and graduated with a BA (Hons) in History at University College London. Zoe is responsible for our Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture sections.

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