In a stellar haute couture collection that manages to be deeply rooted in historical reference and modern all at once, Giambattista Valli showed a sharp, ornate and wonderfully complex set of designs this week in Paris.
With the loyal customers and show attendees that Valli attracts, it's evident that the designer has tapped into a winning formula. While a princess-aesthetic runs through the collection as expected, this season hems are shorter and sharper, embroideries are ever more intricate, empire lines are higher and appear more elegant, and the conceal-reveal element is taken up a notch with exaggerated tiered tulle sleeves and a flounced neck.
Perhaps the freshest, and most compelling styles, were the mini-dresses with floor-grazing trains. For those sartorial extremists that have trouble choosing between the empowering appeal of a leg-baring style and the drama of length, these looks provide a satisfying solution.
And of course, the finale featured Valli’s signature meringue floor-sweeping gowns. A trio of ultimate princess dresses graced the runway that we look forward to seeing on the red-carpet soon.