spring prêt-à-porter: giambattista valli, paris
by Jeremy Danté
an italian designer based in paris, giambattista valli brings some of his italian style sensibility to the runways of paris fashion week every season. greater minimalism were seen this spring as valli’s design lines appear much more simplified. orange bursts onto the runway in the opening sequence as jacquelyn jablonski walks in a structured plaid dress. frida gustavsson, joan smalls, jac jagaciak, hanne gaby odiele, lindsey wixson & sasha pivovarova were among the models cast for the show as well. i loved the use of hardware on some of the designs & was drawn to the collection’s fusion of classic & futuristic elements. with a palette of white, orange, yellow & beige- the collection was contrasted further with details seen in aqua & leopard print. love the collection for it’s diversified model cast & collection designs. i’ve never seen yellow so beautifully in a collection & literally gasped when seeing joan smalls walk in the yellow gown for runway look fourty. a promising set for valli, who debuted in paris in 2007. solid direction, fresh ideas with respectful nods to classic style & progressive concept.