Celine Dion's face said it all. The Canadian mega-star, who has attended Giambattista Valli's shows several seasons in a row, leapt, danced, and physically demonstrated her love for the Fall 2017 Couture collection in every way possible. And there's really something to be said for it when 'contently blasé', save for the claps at the end, has become the norm at shows of late. It says something of Celine's confidence, of course, but it also says something of the collection.
For those who love his brand of pretty, striking and unapologetically princess-like elements - and there are many, as his loyal following demonstarates - Valli's couture collection had the type of grand wow-factor to warrant unbridled enthusiasm. Undoubtedly, so have his previous collections, but this season, the designer really seemed to streamline and enhance his strongest skills and the house's most-loved features. Namely, localized volume, strong use of colour, skinny bows, moody florals, split-length hemlines, and a standout amount of tulle. Some of the strongest looks:
If one really thinks about it, the reaction at the end of the show is dependent on the visual impact it made - how much did it tap into the senses, and did it emotionally stir the viewers? And most importantly, did it make them want to be the woman on the runway? Affirmative yes if Celine is to be looked to, and based on everyone else's post-show demonstrations, it seems that she's not all by herself in that.