July 25 2014

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55 posts tagged "Giambattista Valli"

Fashion Fatigued? Try Camo


You can’t hide from camouflage this season. Much like leopard print, it’s appeared in innumerable incarnations over the years, but recently, designers have been taking fatigue-inspired ready-to-wear to new heights. During Resort, fresh takes on the pattern materialized at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Giambattista Valli, and Kelly Wearstler, and it came on particularly strong at the menswear shows. Model Miles Langford sported both high and low versions of the look, first wearing his own thrift-store find in the London streets, then a few days later, turning up on the Dries Van Noten runway in a matching windbreaker and button-up. Historically, camouflage was intended for disguise, but wearing the stuff, you’ll have a hard time blending in.


Photo: Courtesy of Marc by Marc Jacobs

Louis Vuitton’s New Spots, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


Louis Vuitton is seeing spots. The French brand has collaborated with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama on seven pop-up shops (covered in the artist’s signature dots) slated to open this summer. New York’s Soho store will see the first opening on July 10 (in sync with the Kusama retrospective opening at the Whitney), where products ranging from trenchcoats to silk pajamas will be up for grabs. [WWD]

Everyone was talking about the cream gown with the daring front slit that the Duchess of Cambridge wore to a Claridge’s dinner last month. And now, Roland Mouret, the designer behind the dress, is speaking out about it. “I think it was quite fantastic that there was a split up the front,” he said. “That picture of a woman when you catch a little of the leg, that’s what you want to see.” [Vogue U.K.]

Margherita Missoni tied the knot this weekend with longtime boyfriend Eugenio Amos, in Brunello, a half-hour drive outside Milan. The bride wore a custom Giambattista Valli design, made with Missoni silk, organza, and flower embroidery. Despite the menswear shows in full swing, Franca Sozzani, Suzy Menkes, and Stefano Tonchi made the trip to see Missoni walk down the aisle. [Telegraph]




Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton


Footwear In Bloom


The Spring collections from Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, and Christopher Kane all brought colorful florals onto the runway. And if Erdem Moralioglu’s latest Resort range is any indication of what’s to come in the near future, flowers are not going anywhere fast. Footwear is getting in on the action, too. From Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto to Giambattista Valli, designers are doing punchy, peony, and chloris-covered sandals worthy of the botanical gardens. We’ve rounded up four of our favorites pairs, below.

Clockwise, from top left: Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto beaded cutout sandal, $1,265, available at; Sergio Rossi neon Chloris sandal, $965, available at; Giambattista Valli high-heeled sandal, $335, available at; Blumarine flower on spandex sandal, $1,051, available at



Photos: Yo-ko.Berry / The Style Snip; Courtesy Photos


Richie’s Run As A Macy’s Designer


Karl Lagerfeld did it, Giambattista Valli did it, and more recently, Alberta Ferretti joined the list of Macy’s guest designers. Today, one more fashion star got added to the group: Nicole Richie. Though images of the Nicole Richie for Impulse line have not been revealed yet, it will reportedly include a peacock print Richie has used before and “bright jewel colors as a big theme in the line, which will offer 24 to 30 styles,” according to Macy’s Inc. chief marketing officer Martine Reardon.

Of the collection, which is set to hit select Macy’s stores and in mid-September, Richie (who also has her House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate collections and is busy as a mentor on NBC’s reality fashion show Fashion Star) says, “With each collection I do, it all starts with music,” adding that the Macy’s collection “represents the many different layers of a modern woman. This collection has a strong mix of masculine and feminine: printed chiffon mixed with faux leathers. I focused on the details, from the zipper pulls to the buttons.”

Photo: Julian Mackler /

Master Class


It might have been a balmy after-work Friday evening, but an impressive fashion lot made their way to Washington Square to preview Helmut Lang’s latest show, titled simply Helmut Lang: Sculptures.┬áThe power players in the room, including Barneys’ Mark Lee, Ed Filipowski, and Cecilia Dean, were a testament to the designer-turned-artist’s lasting draw. “It’s really a confirmation of Helmut’s style,” said Giambattista Valli, who was in town for the Met gala and was taking in the rubber, foam, sheepskin, and tar stacked sculptures—modern totems of a sort (pictured). Valli, who has never met Lang, admitted he had long been an admirer. “He came into fashion and completely changed the aesthetic,” he said. “It went from the over-the-top eighties to his own clean and spare aesthetic. If you look around, his aesthetic continues to today.”

Lang’s forward-thinking, stark work contrasted particularly nicely with the classic parlor-floor town house space, including vintage moldings. The viewing venue came courtesy of art veteran Mark Fletcher, who co-curated the exhibit with Neville Wakefield. “It’s not easy to make the transition from fashion to art,” Fletcher said. “But when Helmut shredded his fashion archive, I thought ‘This guy is really serious.’ ” Fletcher was also quick to point out, though, that those with vision shouldn’t be restricted. “People like to keep people in specific arenas, whether it’s art, music, film, or fashion,” he said. “But transgressing cultural boundaries is what’s interesting. Look at Tom Ford.”

Helmut Lang: Sculptures, 24 Washington Square North, is on view until June 15.

Photo: Courtesy Photo