The backdrop for the Giambattista Valli couture spring 2018 show was the intriguingly opulent setting of Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris at Petit Palais which is home to the extraordinary collection of art pieces from ancient and medieval times as well as 19th century. Made from finest luxury laces, softest velvet découpés, silkiest organzas and most intricate macramé, the dresses themselves were stunning artworks worth showcasing in this lavish interior.
Featuring more than 50 looks, this couture collection was extremely generous and brimming with bridal fashion inspiration. As always, Giambattista Valli made sure to showcase something utterly original such as playful black and white mini dresses paired with over-the-knee lacquered boots, fragile, shimmery, ruffled organza gowns styled with satin sandals and high low white ballgowns bedecked with burgundy red blooms. A number of looks were actually two-piece gowns featuring matching skirts and tops and we love the novelty!
Floral embellishments dominated the catwalk as Valli was inspired by the fascinating English gardens of the 19th century and William Robinson’s revolutionary book The Wild Garden which was ground-breaking at the time. Mini floral dresses with billowing skirts and sleeves could be a fresh take on bridesmaid styling just like those adorable floor-length draped gowns with unexpected cuts and gaps creating playful asymmetric shapes.
The show once again ended with a defile of oversized, puffy tulle ballgowns which are now definitely his signature design. Featured in pastel shades of blush, bright pink and mint green and adorned with silk bows in contrasting hues, each of these dresses were made using more than 350 meters of fabric. The skirts are cut to create the ever-so-fashionable high low silhouette which means that they are short and revealing at the front, but they also come with long and very dramatic floor-sweeping trains at the back.
These romantic tulle gowns are much loved by A-list celebrities such as Rihanna, Kendal Jenner and Chiara Ferragni Can who sported them at red carpet events, but can they also double as wedding dresses? We think they definitely can because bridal fashion isn’t about uniformity and traditional rules anymore just like extravagant haute couture isn’t about commercial value. We can’t wait to see who will pick one of these gorgeous gowns for the Oscars 2018!
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