January 27, 2021

Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2017

Fresh from the news that he has a new investor — French billionaire François Pinault, no less — Giambattista Valli decided to say it with flowers, with a fall couture show that was an ode to spring gardens.
Pinault sat in a curved outdoor gallery at the Petit Palais, swept by the last rays of a blinding summer sun, alongside guests including pop diva Céline Dion and Valli’s faithful young socialite set — Olivia Palermo, Lauren Santo Domingo, Bianca Brandolini, et al.
Models picked their way across the mosaic floor on needle-thin black satin platform stilettos that accentuated the thinness of their legs, poking out of minidresses embellished with lace, sequins, embroideries and macramé in dense floral textures.
These alternated with draped chiffon dresses in pastel shades, including one that Valli described as “cuisse de nymphe émue” — an old variety of rose known in English as Great Maiden’s Blush. Valli’s sylphs may look inoffensive, but their blood-red lipstick and killer heels suggested otherwise.
“Nymphs and muses,” the designer said after the show. “The idea is to have this kind of freshness of these innocent girls, but with a slightly perverse touch.”
He added structure with panels of jet bead embroidery and bold graphic accents

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