When news spread in May that Giambattista Valli was going to debut a Couture collection, I knew that Bianca Brandolini d’Adda would be one of the first to wear it. She did just that at the “Ides of March” Premiere at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
The socialite and “It” girl went wild on the red carpet in a long-sleeve leopard print gown with feather embellishment. Such a statement look and I cannot wait to see what she wears for Fashion Weeks all around the globe since she is always a front-row mainstay.
With masstige collections literally being created by every fashion house, it seemed like Couture was on the outs. Though there was no shortage of wealthy women to buy the one-of-a-kind creations, the focus turned to trends and fast fashion, especially in the media. It seemed to be a dying artform, but Giambattista Valli showed that Couture is still relevant today, if not more than ever.
Craftsmanship was at an all-time high with his debut collection, though nothing less was expected. He put a youthful and fun spin on Couture, which isn’t to be said of the handful of designers who have that distinction. Ostrich feathers were everywhere from Bianca Brandolini d’Adda’s gown on Nyasha Matonhondze, on a leopard statement-making coat on Ajak Deng and a bubble gum pink strapless cocktail dress on Sasha Pivovarova. The Valli woman is not one to cower or conform: she loves bold looks including those in red as shown on Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Fei Fei Sun.
A beautiful debut collection and I am looking forward to his Couture designs in the years to come, as well as seeing which woman wears one next.
Visit www.giambattistavalli.com for more information and see more looks from the collection below.
*Images courtesy of Getty and GoRunway.com.