52 posts tagged "Giambattista Valli"
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.
Two live horses, a snow machine, fox-lined satin sleeping bags protected by men in uniform…Giambattista Valli‘s Moncler Gamme Rouge presentation held in the basement of the Paris Opera (!) had all this and the world’s most deluxe puffer jackets to boot, including one in down-lined chinchilla on top, and on the bottom, down-lined chinchilla-print silk. Inspired by the film Russian Ark, in which a 19th century French aristo travels through the Hermitage bumping into 200 years worth of real and imaginary historical figures, Valli whipped up all manner of down jackets in army green, Fabergé egg-inspired gold lame, and Siberian wolf-print silk. The stars of the show, however, were the Tsarina and her court: puffer jackets-cum-ball gowns in icy silver and sorbet pastels. Yum.
It’s not often a new face catches the eye of Kanye West before our own, but such is the career trajectory of Major’s Daniela de Jesus, who confusingly also goes by the name Daniela Cosio. The exotic Mexican beauty has enjoyed a steady presence in the lad mags— hence Kanye’s effusive shout-out in his blog—but this long-limbed looker is poised for a high fashion run. On the heels of a Bruce Weber-shot editorial for Vogue Italia comes an appearance at last week’s Giambattista Valli pre-fall show in Florence. Could she be next season’s Arlenis Sosa? Stay tuned to find out.
Talk about a tough room. When Giambattista Valli presented his pre-fall 2009 collection at Pitti Immagine in Florence last night, his clothes competed for attention with Michelangelo. Seriously. The Valli catwalk ran through the Palazzo Vecchio’s storied Salone dei Cinquecento, where Michelangelo’s sculpture The Genius of Victory is housed and where Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes trumpet Florentine victories of old from wall and ceiling. Would Valli’s show likewise be a triumph? The local aristocracy and fashion nobility turned up to find out—Margherita Missoni, Franca Sozzani, Hortense Visconti, and Vogue best-dresser Bianca Brandolini and sister Coco were seated in the front row. (No Lapo sighting, though.) But Valli claimed he wasn’t nervous about making his debut before a hometown crowd, or, for that matter, about contending with Renaissance masters. “Italy is my country,” he said. “And to show at the Salone dei Cinquecento, that is a dream come true. When I came out on the catwalk and saw the magnificence of the crowded room and my work being celebrated there I was the happiest of men.” Later, Valli celebrated that euphoria with a seated dinner for marquee attendees at the Four Seasons. Florence has no shortage of buildings fit to make even the most seasoned of travelers go into a tourist swoon. The Four Seasons is in a converted palace on the outskirts of town, and Valli’s repast was held in a hall nearly as impressive as the Vecchio’s Salone. By this point, however, there was no distracting Valli’s guests: With a first course of seared tuna and quail egg salad arriving on the table at nigh on 11 p.m., all eyes were on the food.