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Multi-tiered tulle, delicate cutouts, embroidered organza, and voluminous sleeves—by now, these details are synonymous with Giambattista Valli.
For its Haute Couture Spring 2016 collection, Valli found inspiration in the gardens of Paris: the Palais Royale, the Jardin de Bagatelle, the Jardin du Luxembourg, and the Tuileries. Other inspirational ties came from Napoleon’s three sisters, Italian royalty in the 19th-century. While each look offered a glimpse into the romantic, sharp yet fluid movements accentuated every silhouette.
The florally focused collection included a few favorites: a deliberately draped macramé dress; a short black cape dress with a pink, white, and black embellished cuff collar; a silk crepe dress with oversized puff sleeves; a blush pink three-tier tulle gown with a black silk sweetheart strapless neckline; and an array of dresses donned in flowers and foliage, covered in hand-embroidered crystal detailing, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and showing off an array of cutouts, necklines, and waistlines. Casual hair in a low ponytail by lead hairstylist James Pecis complemented fresh-faced makeup direction by Val Garland.
Without a doubt, this collection’s surface textures that looked like fabrics and the intricate embroidery were enormous technical pushes from the atelier