June 14, 2009 New York
A Giambattista Valli runway show can make a girl feel inadequate. Why don't I have a full calendar of gala events at which to wear such extravagantly dressed-up clothes?—so goes the lament from some sections of the front row. Well, perhaps Valli has been listening, because as synonymous as his name has become with grand proportions and luxe handwork, his latest Resort collection proves he's equally comfortable designing a multitasking slim sheath. The latter came in bold fuchsia, a pink-on-white geranium print, and, most interestingly, a combination of gray knit jersey and tweed. If an abstract python-print A-line coat and matching cropped trousers evoked the fifties, the designer's trio of office-plausible black suits didn't obviously channel any era, except this one. As for a girl's off-hours, casual will probably never really be Valli's thing, but a belted polka-dot tank and black and white check pants did appear to have serious weekend potential.
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