March 01, 2007 Paris
Valli's first love is a party dress. So Swarovski crystals studded the funnel necks of short frocks. Black-tipped white feathers were stitched together to create a showstopping weightless cape. And last season's masses of soft floral rosettes have become ribbon-candy ruffleson one shift dress, they were horizontally arrayed to decorate the neckline; on another, they zipped up and down from neck to knee-length hem. From his new jewelry line, Valli showed large heart-shaped pendants emblazoned with skulls.
All of this gave Jessica Biel and the Euro socialite cohort in the front row plenty to ooh and aah over. What jazzes up the fashion types on the opposite side of the runwayaside from the obvious luxe of the fabrics and the fine constructionis how the cut-away-from-the-body silhouette seems both right for the season and completely of a piece with the exciting body of sophisticated work Valli is continuing to build.