The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture isn’t renowned for embracing young designers. So when the guardians of the couture calendar admitted Giambattista Valli as guest member for A/W ’11, fashion-watchers took notice.
Hems that dissipated into ostrich-feather clouds, neat little dresses with coral-encrusted bodices, and cloaks—grand, billowing, floor-sweeping, Little-Red-Riding-Hood-at-the-debutante-ball cloaks—all made appearances. The show gave Olivia Palermo, Vanessa Traina and Caroline Sieber, perched on the front row at the Galerie de la Madeleine, ample material for mental wish lists.
The very extravagance of Valli’s gestures seemed more at home in couture than RTW, and proved that for sheer romanticism, he’s one to watch.