July 2, 2013

Giambattista Valli Couture: A Collection as Delicate As Porcelain

Giambattista Valli is known for his creations that invariably drip with elegance and femininity, and that are able to instantly transform any feminine silhouette into a true Aphrodite. Foamy waves of mousseline, interminable cascades of fluid silk, sensual whirlwinds of tulle, delicate lace and the most precious kinds of embroideries, are fixtures of any of the designer’s collections, and for the Fall 2013 season, Valli has once again reunited these stunning elements into a hauntingly beautiful collection.

The multinational inspiration seems to be a trend of the Fall 2013 couture season in Paris (Raf Simons has drawn his inspiration for his latest collection for Dior Couture from all four corners of the world),, and Giambattista Valli makes no exception to the rule. The designer didn’t however let his imagination travel to exotic continents, choosing instead to extract his inspiration from a source just as elegant and delicate as his signature creations – porcelain.

Valli’s inspiration, derived from the decorative motifs of some of the most important porcelain manufacturers in Europe – Capodimonte (Italy), Sèvres (France), Meissen (Germany) and Wedgwood (England), has been transposed onto the runway in four distinct chapters, each illustrating one of the four styles. The white of the Capodimonte porcelain gave birth to a set of pure, virginal silhouettes, merging then with touches of blue to illustrate the typical Wedgwood style. Fiery red then took the stage in a set of looks dripping with passion, just like the Sèvres porcelains, while the end of the show brought multicoloured embroidery, reminiscent of Meissen porcelain, transposed onto a series of stunningly elegant gowns.

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Photos courtesy of: style.com, wwd.com