Having debuted his line ‘Giamba’ at MFW, Giambattista Valli has taken Haute couture to China. On Tuesday, the designer unveiled a 40 look show in Shanghai, predominantly in an aim to introduce the Chinese market to remarkable luxury pieces. Although the market is seemingly saturated with high desire for branded logos and ‘wants of the West’, Valli took a more artistic approach in guiding Asia into fashion via the more intrinsic aspects of design.
The magnificent extravaganza took place with a pretty and feminine collective of floor length gowns and skirts; the use of embellishment impeccable and a handful of textures to lift them. Model Du Juan proved Valli’s talent in one of many train balloon skirts, a mammoth of ruffles in multiple shades of blue, pieced with a daintily patterned blouse a head wrap. Head wrap’s were the consistent vice of Valli throughout the show, translating the Italian routes of the designer and European culture. Liu Wen also wore a feathered skirt of the same shape, Ostrich like in lilac.
All sewn and placed together by hand in Paris, the designer’s craftsman ship has been perceived as a glamorous dynasty take on porcelain, modifying tradition in a glittering adaptation. Amal Alamuddin makes this all SO evident, having worn a short dress by the designer after her wedding to George Clooney. The iridescent detailing of Amal’s dress is reflected in the entirety of the couture line, and is embedded in the true value of Giambattista’s Parisian team.
Overall, the colour palette is typical of a Spring collection, and the textures and lines make for a perfect Easter gown, whether a dress or shirt skirt arrangement. The Chinese market is constantly regarded as wanting to match the West in terms of commerciality; however Valli’s floristry theme emulates the stunning springs of China,
and all things blossom. Giambattista has executed
a graceful entrance to Shanghai.