55 posts tagged "Giambattista Valli"
As was reported last week by WWD, Giambattista Valli signed with the Mariella Burani Fashion Group, after ending a five-year licensing relationship with Gilmar Group. So what does this mean for Valli girls the world over? Well, for starters, more of the clothes that they love. “The collection is going to grow,” Valli told us yesterday on the phone from Paris. “I want to be known for all the parts of the wardrobe, not just the cocktail and evening dresses.” Though WWD mentioned accessories collections, Valli stressed that there’s as yet nothing concrete to report yet on the bag or jewelry front. “[Burani] is the largest fashion group in Italy,” he explained. “They do all these different categories so there’s a very large potential. I don’t know if I’m doing [accessories] or not, but there’s now the possibility.” There could also be special collections, he mentioned, like a capsule of his signature jersey dresses. Another shift for Valli is a stronger presence in New York, spending more time here and establishing his own showroom and offices, perhaps in West Chelsea. (He wouldn’t say whether showing in the city was an option, relenting with a “Never say never.”) Although another priority of Valli’s is to do an extensive enough collection to be able to address the various concerns of his ever-growing global clientele, who currently range from the U.S. to the Middle and Far East—”Japan is different from China is different from Dubai is different from Texas is different from Chicago,” he rattled off. “I listen to my customers and to their needs. It’s very important. I think in the past some designers forgot that a woman has to wear their clothes.”
Is fashion finding religion? For starters, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana play priests in the upcoming musical film Nine. As for the Fall runways, the models at Todd Lynn’s show carried rosary beads and walked to chants; there were cassock coats at Giambattista Valli; and the headgear at Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Fendi recalled medieval wimples. A photo of Grace Jones in a draped hood by Azzedine Alaïa influenced the severe geometry of Bruno Pieters’ collection. “Hers was soft and draped. I wanted to do mine in a constructed way,” the designer explains. “Nuns were not an inspiration—more the result, I think.” Do you say hallelujah or good riddance and amen to the trend? Click for a slideshow and let us know.