WOW Berlin Mag – Giambattista Valli Haute Couture SS 16 by Coco Spina

At the age of fashion designers, Giambattista Valli is definitely the youngest one in the haute couture industry. At the age of minimalism, futurism, deconstruction, garments redefinition, street style and sportswear, he stands up for a classical, dreamy and elaborated couture. Following the steps of Italian tradition mixed with the Parisian one, he continues Valentino’s and Dior’s work. In his spring-summer 2016 couture collection, the taste for ornamental is again a key element of his creation. This sober baroque style is matched with inspirations from the sixties.

Sleeves are ringed with organza ruffles; cocktail dresses are refined with jabots or capes. Embroideries are the main protagonist: they are floral compositions, pearls grids or sparkly butterflies. Bloomy lace gives a sense of ethereal. The Empire dresses, inspired by Napoleonian age, with their body-hugging corsets, highlight chiffon’s movement. The show ends on tulle ball gowns in a sometime blush sometime pastel color palette.

Flowers are a leitmotiv, a way to homage Paris after the terrible November attacks, Giambattista Valli said. It is a collection inspired by Parisian gardens. The result is therefore poetic and rigorously feminine. A royal atmosphere pervades this show, adapted to Valli’s clientele.

If we should describe this collection with just one world, it would definitely be “lightness”.