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July 26 2014

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55 posts tagged "Giambattista Valli"

Postcard From Positano

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I go to Positano every summer to visit Giambattista Valli. This year, Victor Alfaro, Melvin Chua, Carlos Mota, Justo Artigas, Carlos de Souza, Hervé Bougon, and Anne McNally came along. We had a blast taking little boat rides to have lunch and dinner along the coast. My favorites are La Conca del Sogno, a 20-minute ride by boat, Adolfo for spaghetti vongole, the Hotel San Pietro for the best smoked dorade ever, and, of course, the Tre Sorelle for fried zucchini at dinner. This photo was taken at the very cool club Music on the Rocks. We danced to “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull all night.

Photo: Courtesy of Astrid Munoz

Giambattista Valli On His New Deal

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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.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

Blasblog: Post-Met Delirium At Bungalow 8

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With Harvey Weinstein’s help, Amy Sacco made the Bung the official post-Met late-night hot spot. Josh Hartnett boogied with Lily Donaldson, Kerry Washington swung on palm trees with Rachel Zoe, Agyness Deyn holed herself up in conversation with Giambattista Valli, and Kate Hudson petted the feathers that Daphne Guinness left in her wake. Things only got serious when it was time to leave. The choreographed VIP exits from both doors were something to see, especially when Mary-Kate Olsen and Jessica Alba busted out at the same time, creating a paparazzi frenzy. (Guys? Didn’t you get enough at the museum?) But one must pay a price to keep the party going: This picture of Natalia Vodianova was taken after a drunken reveler stomped on the hem of her vintage Fortuny dress, a gift from her husband seven years ago. “It made it all these years, but not out of Bungalow,” she sighed.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Designers Take A Vow

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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.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Blasblog From Paris: Giambattista’s Kaviar Kaspia Crowd

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Giambattista Valli has had a very busy couple of days: Monday saw his Fall ’09 collection take to the runway in the Tuileries, and yesterday his puffy, dreamy looks for Moncler were on view—along with live horses—in the basement of the Paris Opéra. Come Tuesday night, Valli was ready to celebrate. The party kicked off with dinner at Kaviar Kaspia (that night’s dinner spot for Karl Lagerfeld along with Amanda Harlech and her brood, coincedently), where Michael Roberts, Olivier Martinez, Coco and Bianca Brandolini, and Dasha Zhukova tucked into the fashion-fave eatery’s signature dish. “It’s so good here,” Valli said. “I could come here every single night, but then, I think I would look like that potato there.” The food—salmon on crepes, caviar in potatoes, and a vodka-to-person ratio that hurts to think about (especially this morning)—wasn’t the only draw. Valli’s skill at attracting a chic fête set is equal to his skill at blending his social groups. Andrea Dellal, for example, who hadn’t seen Ellen von Unwerth since the two were modeling together in the seventies, settled down for a chat with her long-lost friend. “I’m having flashbacks,” she told the photographer. “I sometimes forget that I’m a grandmother!”

Photo: Marcio Madeira