Giambattista Valli: Couture Contrast
The battle between spring and fall
Valli described his collection as “a late-sixties, early-seventies kind of freedom and eccentricity,” and that’s exactly what it was. While some pieces in the collection seemed very sixties, they evoked a uniqueness and an eccentricity only a new time could evoke. The collection started out with black and white basics: stripes. From then on, the collection got more and more detailed and unexpected. Some looks were extremely minimalistic while others contrasted them in their crazy shapes, detailed patterns and play on color.
Stripes: Basic and Bold
Valli is a genius. These two looks are almost exactly the same. Both looks include a striped metallic heel, shades, head wrap, and the same silk pajama look. All Valli had to do was add a fur coat and differing stripes to make these two looks almost complete opposites. It definitely takes the whole “hanging out by the pool mid-summer” look to a whole different place, it takes it to a place of cooler weather and darker tones. It makes it appropriate for fall.
Florals: Feminine and Funky
Valli’s whole collection shows us the importance of reusing fashion. Not only is his collection retro, it is also undoubtedly filled with spring time florals and bright hues. The dresses are very detailed in their color schemes though, making these looks work for fall. The pink and yellow hues are balanced out by fall shades of purple and green. The bouncy and flamboyant skirts are challenged by other intricate and innovative skirts.
Fur: With and Without
Towards the end of collection, more emphasis on shades of purple became apparent. The emphasis on fur becomes apparent as well. The first look incorporates the early ideas of lighter colors, stripes, and florals. This look is more representative of spring, the only thing different is the use of purple. However, that purple is the transitioning color. It takes this rather sunny look to a new and dark place. The purple fur is the exact result of this clever clash between spring and fall. The heels, shades, and head wrap are springtime, and the pastel purple could be considered a springtime hue as well. However that hue is represented on fur, taking it to a whole new level.
Black: Thin and Thick
The color black also begins to show up more and more in this collection, and these two looks show the black being used in two different ways. The first look resembles somewhat of a swimsuit. The floral highwaisted shorts and strapless top are very warm and temperate. The sheer overlay contrasts that idea entirely, and the subtle use of black stripes tie it back into the collection, making it more of a fall piece. The black gown accented with the white and fur coat is the fall idea fully taking affect, and the battle between spring and fall comes to an end as fall prevails. It’s very Cruella de Vil (if you ask me.) 🙂 ❤
Gowns: Soft and Shiny
I actually can’t explain the very last looks of the collection…perhaps they were an explosion of spring and fall? The colors and shapes look bright and fun but the material of the gown seems soft and fur-like. I can’t evaluate and make sense of these looks but there is one thing for sure, they are beautiful. It is haute couture, and sometimes you just can’t explain it.
Stay fashionable you frauds!