“What is the meaning of couture?” This seems to be the question Giambattista Valli had posed himself while making the absolutely whimsical designs spotted in his couture collection. “I wanted to separate my more industrially designed ready-to-wear from my couture,” the designer said, adding that, “It’s the kind of fantasy couture I dreamed of making when I was a student.”
So, have you gorgeous dolls already seen the new Giambattista Valli spring 2013 couture collection? Ah, just have a look and get ready to enter into the beautiful world of all-things-chic and lovely. From daytime-appropriate goodies to uber-adorable and romantic evening gowns, the line addresses mostly to 28 to 38-year-olds. “I wanted the models to look real, like my younger clients with their hair down, fresh and cool, just how they would wear it,” Valli explained.
Besides the monochrome pieces and the black and white animal prints, Valli’s couture line also features ethereal powder pink, lilac and sunflower yellow, and some achingly adorable embroideries and embellishments such as flowers and feathers. Oh, but those silhouettes! Aren’t they absolutely fairytale-like? “I am very interested in playing with structure and construction, not just with decoration,” Giambattista Valli said in an interview with V Magazine.
Brocades, silk, tulle, heavy silks, crystals, flowers… Could this be dreamier than this? Sexy yet romantic, these beauties are so princess-worthy! Even though black and white are a big part of the collection, the prints and the textures make the colors stand out.
No doubt whatsoever that some of Valli’s couture creations will soon be seen worn by a wide range of celebrities. Jessica Biel maybe? Well, the actress wore a pale pink custom-made Giambattista Valli couture gown to marry Justin Timberlake.
“We have been friends for a long time and have followed and supported each other’s work through all these years,” said Valli. “She has always been a fabulous interpreter of my creations and I was very pleased when she came to me to help her for her nuptials to Justin.”
Giambattista Valli’s designs are the result of a long working process but also the materialization of passion. “…I just love to live and work right now. To live too much in the future is the same as living too much in the past,” the designer told Vogue US.
Photos courtesy of Giovanni Giannoni for WWD