The neo-romanticism of Giambattista Valli parades in the Pavillon de Place Vendome in Paris. The Italian couturier continues to deepen a glamorous style, where all the codes of haute couture can be found. To the point that, to include the clothes of Valli who have paraded in Paris in the pret-à-porter genre, becomes a stretch. After all, "More Couture than Couture". The fashion show begins with long white dresses, also suitable for a young bride, showing floral embroidery and macramé lace details. This is followed by long dresses in black with bustiers and exposed bras (another torment of the new collections seen in Milan and Paris), large tulle skirts and tiny vests open on the top and shirts. The white skirts sometimes follow the line of the body, and then return to the romantic corolla lines, predominant in the collection. They parade dresses in feather-light fabrics, which glide over the body and flow gracefully along the legs. There is no shortage of embroidered roses and floral motifs, declined in a soft palette of Botticellian colors, from bud green to the soft blue of a sky at the beginning of the warm season, up to bud pink.
Everything is glamorous from Valli. Moreover, since the launch of his brand in 2005, the Italian designer, born in Rome, where he graduated in art, and then proceeded with an illustration course at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, has become within a few years an icon of a style made essentially of fluffon dresses, floral prints and precious embroidery. Each of his collections is an explosion of colors, shapes and emotions, which highlight the sartorial skills of the shy designer nicknamed, "the designer with the pearl necklace".
The formation and career of Giambattista Valli
To understand the essence of his creativity, it is necessary to go back to his training and his career. The beginning saw him try his hand at various collaborations with the big names in fashion, from Roberto Capucci (1986-1990) to Fendi (1990-1995) up to Krizia (1995-1996). Valli then moved to Paris where he worked as creative director for Emanuel Ungaro, from 1998 to 2004. Ungaro credited Valli with revitalizing the house and named him his successor when he retired in 2004. Soon after, the Ferragamo family, owners of Ungaro, put him out due to an internal struggle. So Valli launched his eponymous brand in 2005, announcing his first ready-to-wear show in Paris, where he moved from Italy. Giambattista Valli presents the ready-to-wear and haute couture collections every six months in Paris. He is one of the few non-French designers to have obtained membership in the historic Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture. She showed her first haute couture collection in July 2011. In 2014, Valli launched "Giamba", a new ready-to-wear line, in Milan. From 2008 to 2017, he was creative director of Moncler Gamme Rouge, reinventing refined activewear design for the brand, focusing on women's down jackets. Soon after, she launched her 2017 activewear capsule collection, which includes coats, down jackets, sweatshirts and tracksuits. In 2019 he created a capsule collection for men and women with H&M, the first men's clothing design. The brand is owned by Giambattista Valli, with a minority stake by Groupe Artémis since 2017.
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