Saturday 13 August 2016

Paris Haute Couture | Giambattista Valli Couture N° 11

Empress Joséphine inspirations by Giambattista Valli Couture N° 11. To be sure, the collection was far more empire than it was grunge, what with the pouf sleeves, the sweet flower-bud prints, and, yes, the empire waistlines. But we’re fairly sure Mrs. Napoleon never revealed her midriff in public, as a couple of cropped blouses and tapered pants looks did here. Nor did her skirts rise quite so high on the thigh.

Stunning Celine Bouly, the night before Giambattista Valli 
presented his Couture N° 11 Couture collection,

One reason Valli’s front row was so well stocked with pretty young things who were this season joined by an emotive Céline Dion, clapping enthusiastically and shouting “Bravo!” at the end is that he’s tapped into what the party set likes to wear. As a rule, it’s ornate and it’s body-confident. That meant that the micro lengths were balanced by outsized sleeves, exaggerated ruffled shoulders, even the occasional neck ruff. A few minis were accessorized with floor-scraping tulle trains one part regal, and the other part Stephanie Seymour in Guns N' Roses’ “November Rain.” When dresses reached the floor, they tended to be diaphanous and pleated, draped goddess style from an asymmetric neckline or sweeping from both shoulders like a cape.

Valli concluded, like he usually does, with a trio of tiered and flounced tulle confections so grand that they might’ve intimidated Joséphine. What was new were the fine jewels drop earrings, pendant necklaces, and sautoirs all by Buccellati. A sheared white lamb A-line coat was finished with a row of diamond brooch buttons, and the bodices of a pair of dresses were double-wrapped with a long rope of diamonds. It was a synergistic coupling, the kind of thing that should happen more often at couture.

Discover the entire GV Couture N° 11 collection & runway show at the end of this post - enjoy! 

LoL, Andrea 

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Photo Credit/Source: The House of Giambattista Valli
Photography: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.TV 

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"Paradise is here." - Christian Dior
Callian, Montauroux, Le Lavandou, Saint-Tropez and Saint-Raphaël… Christian Dior had always been inspired by the sunny charms of the French Riviera. It was like a faithful mirror, a sister land that reflected and nourished his sunny soul.


A few of the quainter ones were being trotted out by the natives who had boarded “The Dior Express” as it chugged through the Oxfordshire countryside, bound for Blenheim Palace May 31st (see my Instagram-story @andreajankeofficial direct from the show). It was bucketing down, pelting, chucking it down, raining cats and dogs doing everything in its power, in fact, to rain on the grand, sweeping country house location of Dior’s Resort show.

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