Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.

Mon. 07/07/2014.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.

At Giambattista Valli's Fall 2014 Haute Couture Collection, There was a Disorienting feeling that somehow, we were watching the wrong show of the season... Why is that you ask? Well, Because the clothes being presented in the first half of the show are resolutely Spring/Summer like! That's Why! And according to Valli, It was the way he planned it from the start! Valli imagined a 50's Starlet on Holiday at some Mediterranean Resort, Lounging Poolside in Stripey Pajamas Or Perhaps a Shirtwaist dress of her Current Beau's Sashed at her waist... You know, as 50's Starlets were inclined to do!

There was something also of a Sly Commentary here on how the Couture Customer of Today, The New Rich, are not bound to One City, One Place, One Country, They Jet Set where the Sun or the Whim takes them and Valli realizes that many of them don't stay where it's Cold if they have no need to. So, it could be off to a Yacht in the Aegean or A Jaunt down to Brazil, It could be Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime and her wardrobe needs to be able to bend with her Desires. This was that kind of Collection. Some Like It Hot, Ya Know!?!?

So the first half, while being framed in the Realm of Fantasy, worked as Fodder for the Lady who Travels to where the Sun is. And the clothes were Light and Buoyant and SHEER Enough for such World Travelling Excursions. As the collection Faded into the Second Half, the More Cooler temperature clothes came into View. Those Channeled the Starlet, again, But this time it was More a 30's-40's Starlet, Glamourous to a T and Working The Drama Plus vibe for all it was worth! There was a Hint of Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis... All Women that Conveyed Images of Take No Shit Power and Valli Honed in on that with Eagle Eye Preciseness!

To be Quite Honest, There was too much here going on that was Impossibly Beautiful, One is spoiled for choice in the extreme as which to single out among the Best. It was that Impeccably perfect from Beginning to End that it is a useless task to try. Ok... The Black Opera gown with the "Monkey Fur" Cape (Was actually Goat Hair) was Beyond Stunning and the White Opera Gown and Cape was even Better a Few exits later! And to even mention those Fluffy Mountains of Tulle that closed the show is Foolishly Unnecessary! The Speak Encyclopedic Volumes for themselves!

Valli has been on such a Roll lately it's hard to believe that his Oeuvre could get any better... And then it DOES! This was perhaps his most Magnificent show to date and it makes one Itch for what is to come! Usually after something like this, A Designer will have a Fallow moment where things fall apart a bit. With such Magnificence already put forth by him... He's got a Pass or two on the next collections if they Fail to meet the Standard of Brilliance we have gotten used to from Him!

That's All.


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