Giambattista Valli goes big with a haute couture outing in Paris

PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) – Giambattista Valli went all out for his eponymous label’s Paris fashion show on Monday night, marking 10 years on the official French haute couture calendar by sending mountains of tulle and billowing trains to a lap under bright lights, and the gaze of cheering fans.

Models emerged from a wall of shiny party balloons – pink flamingos pressed against rainbow ponies – wearing large cat-eye sunglasses and teased hair extensions. They lifted their skirts as they crisscrossed the runway and skirted the mirrored columns while a robot camera circled back and forth.

The silhouettes were ample and varied, with volumes that moved. Puff sleeves from the shoulders and skirts were wide, built in tiers like layer cakes, or fitted, then suddenly flared downwards in a burst of yellow, pink or turquoise.

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In a nod to her signature topiary dresses, Valli sent a sparkly silver sequined bodysuit with rings of white ostrich feathers around the legs.

“It’s like the generosity of a hug. It’s a hug of flowers, a hug of feathers, a hug of tulle. There are all those bouquets that hug you; it’s that kind of fun to share happy times together,” Vallie told Reuters.

The collection was about living in the moment, he explained.

“I don’t look too much into the future, nor too much into the past,” he said. “I think that’s the big lesson of the last two years.”

Popular with socialites and known for serving the red carpet, the label is financially backed by the Pinault family holding Groupe Artemis. She expanded her consumer base with an H&M collaboration in 2019.

Valli trotted down the runway for her bow, stopping to greet Bianca Brandolini, who modeled a pink dress with a hooded cape.

After the show, guests including Robbie Williams and Olivia Palermo flooded backstage.

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Reporting by Mimosa Spencer; Editing by David Gregorio

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