Giambattista Valli S/S 2010 / PFW / Day six

Giambattista Valli’s spring collection felt more inclusive of his younger clientele. After all, the girls in his front row, Mary-Kate Olsen, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann and Leigh Lezark among them, prefer their fashion fun a little edgy. Both requirements were satisfied and then some via shorter hemlines, flounced skirts, animal prints and leather fringe for a little attitude. Still, there was plenty for mature audiences, too, such as tailored coatdresses, embellished to varying degrees with embroidery and sculpted ruffles, that radiated sophistication. By Valli standards, the collection was understated. He curbed his tendency toward overdone volume and grand couture gestures. Feathers, however, are one thing he can’t resist. They decorated collars, skirts and spines of cocktail dresses — pretty in moderation, less so on white feathers dip-dyed to blood red.

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