In an unusual twist, Giambattista Valli skipped the runway this season in favour of an exhibition of his latest collection – presented in the most part, not on models but on mannequins.
“I wanted the people finally to look at… the artwork of making Haute Couture — and not from far and not in movement,” Valli explained during the event. And he had a great point. This unconventional way of displaying couture allowed the audience to get up close and personal with the fabrics and really see the exquisite details on the clothes, which are often overlooked with the faced-paced movement of a runway show.
In total 30 dresses were on display for three hours allowing the audience to truly inspect the hundreds of hours of work that went into Valli’s creations. The dresses themselves stood true to the brand’s aesthetic. Inspired by flowers – the pieces were reminiscent of an English garden in the summertime with floral embroideries of peonies, orange blossoms, dahlias and roses. There were peony prints too that were elegantly feminine and the material was manipulated to represent the rose in the most beautiful of ways.
The colour palette was very pink – from bright fuchsia to soft blush, with the addition of gowns in subtle pastel tones of soft green, lilac and grey.
This presentation provided a very unique opportunity to experience in true detail the work of an artist.