Notes From the Runway| Giambattista Valli Autumn-Winter 2018

Giambattista Valli Autumn-Winter 2018

Giambattista Valli Autumn-Winter 2018

A Giambattista Valli Paris fashion week show is always memorable.  Yet, everyone this season for his Autumn-Winter 2018 was talking about was the makeup and of course the dresses and accessories. The Giambattista Valli girls wore glitter makeup on their faces for an everyday look. And carried mini bags around their necks that looked reminiscent of the bags women carry in the market of Afghanistan or Morrocco. 

The designer hit all the trends, from sheer to ethnic and tribal accents on clothes.We are not the only ones who love a little glitter.   I do get carried away from time to time by putting too much on! Giambattista Valli‘s runway show just out-glittered just about every look we’ve seen on our Instagram feeds. On Monday morning during Paris Fashion Week, a number of models walked down the runway with not just a whimsical cat-eye or cosmic lip as seen before, but a full-on mask of glitter covering their faces. Very subtle.

Notes From the Runway Paris Fashion Week

Now let’s talk fashion.   Did anyone else notice his logo on dresses? Giambattista Valli took a page from American history and followed the pioneering trend of the 1970s and traditional garments of Immigrants that migrated in the 80’s.  Like Alighiero Boetti in Afghanistan, Francesco Clemente and Alba Primiceri in Pondicherry, and—more lately—Gabriella Crespi in her Himalayan eyrie were some of the examples stitched into this gilded, globalized melting pot of a collection.

Monsieur Valli is rarely a political designer—the truth Valli pursues is emphatically romantic: beauty, Keats-style.  Yet we are living in very political times and no one can escape the news. His Italian roots with the coming elections in Italy one wonders what is on the designer’s mind.  

Valli’s core ruffled romantic was here in spades, certo, but this was a muse on the move. The opening denim dungarees (at Giambattista Valli!) worn over Mongolian flip-flops and printed pantyhose suggested the mix to come. A striped djellaba shirt under acutely tailored British menswear check tailored suit; a skirt and top in that same stripe with an embroidered Rajasthani butterfly motif; some kaftan dresses and minis; plus a series of full-sleeved dresses featuring squared panels on the chest that Valli described as “tantric drawings” were more well-travelled assimilations. Could this be his interpretation of an Arab spring with an Italian designers twist?

Mark Twain put it best: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness . . . . Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Our eyes travelled with Valli’s collection and were nourished by the journey.

Photos courtesy: Giambattista Valli

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