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Giambattista Valli's retro-bourgeois style gleams icily for spring-summer
PARIS (AP) ' Giambattista Valli gave his core clientele of jet-setting It Girls what they want with a spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection of scintillating pillowcase dresses and princess coats in icy shades.
While the shapes didn't change ' everything was still short and boxy ' Valli's use of fabrics pushed his signature retro-bourgeois look forward: In addition to his usual animal prints, feathers and furs, there were rich, flower-strewn brocades shot with Lurex and gorgeous ikats made from silk fringe.
The show opened with a series of all-white looks, but the palette later broadened out to include cool pastel blue, yellow and pink hues.
Strips of burnished silver lame served as frames, separating out the patchwork panels of brocades, fluttering silks and zebra-striped satin. The eyepopping patterns on the swingy, square-cut coats in silk shag evoked the wings of a particularly exotic specimen of butterfly.
Valli made a grand entrance into the exclusive club of Paris' haute couture purveyors last season, and Monday's ready-to-wear collection had a very couture spirit about it: You could feel the work and minute attention to detail that went into each look.
In short, Monday's was another outstanding collection from one of Paris' most promising talents.