If, as the late Yves Saint Laurent once famously said, “The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves,” then couture—that hand-crafted, most labour-intensive creative process—must be the next best thing. And if fashion was a mountain or a pyramid, then the rarefied world of haute couture would be its undoubted summit. (Valli of the Dolls, Style.com, December 19, 2012)
Whether they were printed, embroidered, beaded or used as backdrops, flowers and, in a broader sense, the idea of a woodland or a delightful garden—were the predominant theme in this couture collection.
For this (mainly black-and-white-with-shades-of-grey) GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013 collection, flowers sprang in profusion on dresses.
In both midi and micro-mini lengths-skirt lengths in the collection also included full and trailing trains as well.Strapless or round-necked—the floral theme even bloomed into tiara-like hair ornaments. Jewellery—clusters of golden flowers were massed around the models’ necks as necklaces or foliate belts.“I have made bouquets of pleats, bouquets of flowers, bouquets of ruffles, bouquets of feathers. Often I design in mousseline, held tightly around the waist, and with something else going on all around.”-Giambattista Valli…