There is something irresistibly compelling about a Giambattista Valli collection/show. Especially, his Ready-to-Wear shows, which show off a rather different side of Valli's Aesthetic. In his Haute Couture collections, Valli shows a Ornate, Decorated and rather Over-The-Top sense of theatrical drama, emphasized by elaborate embroideries and Winterhalter scale confections of Tulle. In Valli's RTW collections, there is a Magpie eclecticism that permeates to it's core and more often than not, has a miasma of the 1960's Haute Moderne.
Fall 2015 finds Valli exploring those 1960's influences again, with a Graphic, Mod approach this time. The collection was as romantic as ever, yet this go-round, there were bold colour blocks and optical Prints and the standard (yet always beautiful) Floral prints, rendered in a mostly muted palette this time out. Valli kept it fresh by allowing only short hemlines in the dresses and tunics and coats then allowing only slim, leg limning pants, which added to the overall Mod sensibility. Valli's sense of colour was also offbeat and all over the place, in the extreme. Maize and Pink and Black and Goldenrod, Pistachio, French Vanilla, Cappuccino and more oddball hues juxtaposed against one another, creating a unique tonal harmony that could only work in Valli's screwy, brilliant mind!
A few longer, Leaf bedecked numbers closed out the show in a Slim, Slender even slightly madcap, fashion, yet were full of Joie and Esprit! Valli, as always, Captivates and equally, Amuses. His collection for Fall was as Off-Kilter and Eclectic as we have come to expect, but shown in a Refreshingly new angle. Valli is at the top of his game and a collection such as this is reaffirms Valli's place in the Hierarchy of the Fashion Firmament!