In recent years, Giambattista Valli has carved himself an indelible identity in the world of haute couture. Elegant, youthful, frothy, glamorous—these are just some words that are often used to describe the Italian couturier’s works. In fact, it’s arguable that people, both in and out of the fashion industry, know of Mr. Valli only through his couture line, even though he also releases ready-to-wear lines as well that are more accessible to the public. But how can his exquisite haute couture offerings be set aside for anything else? They’re powerful and beguiling collections, particularly his Spring 2019 show. This season, he got inspired by another couture master: the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. For his contemporary clientele, Valli was able to translate Saint Laurent‘s signature opulence and unapologetic glamour into youthful concoctions of pouf sleeved-cocktail dresses of tulle-caped evening gowns. They were his same tried and tested array of social media-ready runway looks that are sure to reappear on the red carpet. This time, however, there was a certain reverence to old codes of haute couture, and to see them modernized for today’s tastes was definitely a sight to behold.
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