Paris Couture Fashion Week: Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli’s Fall 2014 Couture Collection is without a doubt the most “summery” of the collections so far. The entire show possessed, in the words of Vogue‘s Hamish Bowles, a “relaxed, devil-may-care, holiday-in-the-sun attitude”. The collection itself was like a dream packing list for a seaside vacation. As the type of girl who would rather wear a dress and heels over any bathing suit and cover up, I especially appreciated Valli’s luxurious take on a by the shore. I can easily imagine waking up and lounging by the water in one of the many blue-or-black stripped ensembles that popped up throughout the show, and after a long day cleaning up and shimmying into one of the tea-length floral numbers for cocktails. For dinner, I would need only to turn to one of Valli’s several elegant, breezy ball gowns that were sashayed down the catwalk. Each look would of course be completed with a towel wrapped nonchalantly around my head, to just the right amount of Diana Vreeland in the 1930s. Come to think of it, any and all of the forty-five looks would have been seriously appropriate over this past July 4th weekend. Aside from the overall look of the collection, I also love the use of texture, whether it be the frothy, tousled skirts of the finished ball gowns or the florals that appeared to be growing out of the dress, or even the use of goat hair fronds to emulate monkey fur jackets. That’s right: monkey fur. Because that ocean breeze can be brutal.

What’s your take on Giambattista Valli’s nautical-meets-glam Fall 2014 Couture Collection? Let me know in the comments!

Below are my top three favorite looks from the Giambattista Valli collection. From left to right: Look 8, Look 12, and Look 33.

 

 

 

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