03 October 2008

Fabulous excess at Giambattista Valli

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Seems to me that when life gets gloomy the best cure for it is a shot of glamour. And at Giambatista Valli, yesterday, we got a double dose.

The front row was packed with expectant A listers: Andrea Delal, Dita Von Teese and an impossibly gorgeous looking Natalie Portman. And the runway was full of the kind of clothes that are guaranteed to steal all the camera attention on the red carpet.

Gambattista's dresses don't look like they have been cut as much as sculpted. Full skirted linen dresses, stiffened with petticoats of tulle, were cut in simple linen, lace or an intriguing print that, up close, looked like peeling paint. Body skimming shift dresses had tight frilled layers of tulle transforming and exaggerating the curve of hips making waists look insanely narrow.

And the finale was a breathtaking series of floor sweeping gowns, made with such tightly layered frills of fabric, that it was almost impossible to tell from a distance whether it was actually a some optical illusion or an embroiderer's trick. If I tell you each of these dresses had 1,000 meters of fabric you'll imagine the collective gasp that greeted them from a stunned audience.  


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