Effortless Dressing: Giambattista Valli Fall 2011

Giambattista Valli is one of my favorite designers of all time. If I opened up my closet (or walked in rather) and saw only his designs from front to back, I would be a very happy woman. His pieces are the kind that you buy and then wear forever, regardless of trends and seasons. His looks are effortless and don’t require much thought in the sartorial department, though accessories and beauty are a whole other discussion.

Valli is a master of embellishment and detail and for Fall he is adding those eccentric elements to classic and simple  silhouettes including coats, crop top-and-skirt combinations, sheath and cocktail dresses and so much more. Each look is completely wearable, though it is the prints and the textures he uses that gives them personality. For the season, the silhouettes are fairly modest, with not much skin on display (except for the dress above which has a completely sheer back and sides but is shown in a longer length). It is quite a departure from many of the body conscious and skin-baring silhouettes from his Spring 2011 collection, but I have a feeling that his legion of “It” girl fans including Elettra Wiedemann, Caroline Sieber, Delfina Delettrez Fendi (whose Little Tormentator Necklace is perfect for Spring), Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Charlotte Dellal, Leigh Lezark, Chiara Clemente and Shala Monroque (who all sat front row) will find more than enough things to wear to parties and events.

The palette for the collection also echoes the classic theme in mostly black and white, though pops of color are shown in lime green, shades of grey, yellow and red. Not to be left out is Valli’s use of fur which he alters season after season. Goat fur is the texture of choice for Fall and is used in both black and cream on coats as well as on a top-and-skirt combination, which though not for the faint of heart, will surely be seen on many women who are daring enough to try it. It is also seen in bright yellow providing trim for a skirt. These will definitely be the best and most stylish ways to stay warm.

Ballgowns close the show and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see a Hollywood starlet wearing one to the next premiere or big awards event.

Some must-buy pieces to try out Valli and some of the Fall 2011 runway trends:

Giambattista Valli’s Giraffe Linen Wedges ($650) for Spring are the perfect way to add a piece from him into your wardrobe and capitalize on the animal print trend which is huge for the season. I am an avid fan of DVF dresses and her Striped Leigh Dress ($325) will last you all season long and can then be worn in Fall with tights. On the Fall 2011 runway, the models wore chunky chain link necklaces and Kenneth Jay Lane has a great gold version that will be your statement jewelry piece.

Visit www.giambattistavalli.com for more information and see more looks from the Fall 2011 collection below.

*Images courtesy of GoRunway.com.

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