Haute Couture week in Paris is all but a few weeks away and although the main topic of discussion is guaranteed to be the first Christian Dior couture show since 1997 without John Galliano at the helm we’d like to congratulate Giambattista Valli on being invited to show his first couture show as this season’s guest member. Monsieur Valli, alongside fellow designer Iris Van Herpen, was elected by the rather intimidating-sounding supervisory board of the Chambre syndicale de la Haute Couture and is set to present his couture collection in July in the Galerie de la Madeleine – home to his new store!
The Italian designer, most recently seen at the side of model Doutzen Kroes on the Met gala's red carpet, is a perfect choice for the couture schedule. Since he presented his first collection under his own label in 2005 he’s gained a loyal celeb and jet-setting following with his romantic and perfect-for-partying-the-night-away designs, one that includes Reese Witherspoon, Victoria Beckham and Olivia Palermo as well as Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Margherita Missoni and Charlotte Dellal. With bridal and private couture orders already a big part of Valli’s business it seemed only natural that the designer would move on to presenting an entire couture collection! We simply can’t wait.
--- Kiki Georgiou