The Giambattista Valli Haute Couture show at the Musée des Archives Nationales opened with gorgeous mini duchesse satin dresses and trouser suits, but it quickly progressed into a stunning line-up of utterly modern floor length dresses and ball gowns. Valli showcased ball gowns with colourful tulle and elaborate floral embroidery work, eighties-style mini frocks featured oversized trains forming a semi-ball gown shape and a range of dramatic, voluminous dresses with ruffled skirts in white, pink and yellow. And the draped chiffon gowns in vibrant colours including white, red, pink would make fabulous bridesmaid dresses.
The high-low ball gown is a trendy silhouette for bridal fashion and many of Valli’s couture creations in white or ivory shades would make beautiful wedding dresses particularly if your planning a destination wedding. Even the coloured gowns in subtle pastel hues could be worn by the bride.
Creased duchesse satin looks that literally looked like they had just been taken out of a suitcase created a cool contemporary twist to classic haute couture which is, by its definition, flawless. This idea was spotted before at Prada, Gucci and Celine shows, but Giambattista Valli cleverly turned this into a couture trend.
Painted botanicals, bejewelled Elizabethan-style high collars, romantic ruffles and girly bows gave a retro yet contemporary vibe to the collection. As the designer found inspiration in the Persian Gardens of the Moghul Empire floral motifs were literally everywhere. He was also strongly influenced by the late Franca Sozzani, the former editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue whose unique style is still inspiring fashion designers around the world. The sleek satin headbands that complemented some of the looks were also inspired by Sozzani’s styling. Other accessories included striking necklaces and stylish strappy heels which were worn both with short daytime frocks and opulent ball gowns.
And if you are wondering what kind of make-up goes with such elaborate couture dresses, think bare, natural glowing skin and a pop of berry pink on the cheeks and lips. We love this radiant, fresh-faced look for brides planning a destination wedding!
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