Giambattista Valli has always created ultra feminine fashion with a French flair. Previous collections would make any romantic swoon…like a few seasons back when he put Gigi Hadid in that yellow Georgette gown, or pretty much his entire Spring 16 Couture collection of fantastically feminine silhouettes. He is a classicist at heart with modernist ideas. One of my favorite kind of designers.
And for the Spring 17 RTW season, he took to the idea of lingerie as outerwear, much like the current model posse, including his long-time staple runway anchor Gigi Hadid often showcases in her street style with crop tops, bra tops, hot pants, and workout gear. It is a dressed down decade, and to that end Valli wanted to explore a little. Only on his runway, the underthings were flirty, romantic, and super feminine. Gigi wore a black satin bra with matching high-waist panties under an open lace pleat skirt with a puff sleeve jacket.
The intimates concept weaved through the runway with off the shoulder looks, a study in bra tops including stand alones, a bra top over a puff sleeve sweater, bra tops peeking out as one-shoulder necklines, peeking up out of what a tube dress, covered by a racer front, and then evolving into a slip dress. Of course, his florals were strong on the runway again this season, enhancing the delicate vibe of the collection along with the ruffles and fluttering movement around the sensual silhouettes.
Still, it wasn’t all lingerie looks. There were quite a few strong full coverage moments, including the opening look – a black ruched and banded top with banded puff sleeves over skinny cropped pants (love), a similar motif in blue with a white drop waist skirt, a floral tie halter cold shoulder dress with bubble, no Japanese lantern sleeves, a stripe blouse over turned horizontal stripe skirt that I want to wear like now, and a fantastic black high-slit athleisure dress that came out of nowhere, but I really don’t mind.
The show closed with Gigi, this time wearing a sheer honeycomb embroidered maxi dress, embellished with little floral pops of gemstones here and there, over the black bra and high waist panties. Another Giambattista Valli covet collection for this girl!