Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Posted on July 18, 2013

Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Collection




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  • LadyCelia

    Nearly all of them are really overworked. And the “lolita” skirts are absurd on most anyone over the age of 16.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      but it’s not a spring or fall collection; it’s couture. isn’t it supposed to be over the top? i think it’s full of wonderful ideas.

  • StellaZafella

    An awful lot of over-embellished under garments.

    • The sheer, embellished bell bottoms made me squeal, and not in the right way.

      • StellaZafella

        Yeah, I reeeeally wanna be seen in a sheer dress (or outsized bell bottoms) that make it look like I can’t keep my seams straight.. Those panel seams look like they have to be at least 1/2″ wide.

        • And what IS it with all these designers sending florals and sheers down the runway for fall/winter? Do they assume that every one of their clients lives between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer?

          • desi_girl

            Right? Summer is all black and dark red and you see this in the FW collection. However, I do like the non-sheer ones, here. I want to see much more of this on the red carpet in summer.

          • KayEmWhy

            Getting ready for Climate Change! :-p

    • Nancer

      So agree! I think it’s a shame, because the materials and embroidery are so beautiful; they outshine the construction of these garments. So few of them look wearable anyplace other than a runway. I want to like this but I just… can’t.

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  • Flower tumors EVERYWHERE! *twitch twitch*

  • veleri

    Am I the only one around here who thinks that this is stunning? God bless Giamby.
    (except for: I don’t like the golden belts)

    Can’t wait for Diane to wear some of these garments.

  • Mkay. Skating costumes? check. Ball room dance costumes? check. Insanely ill proportioned, overworked messes? check. Occasional spots of flat out brilliance? Also check.

    • decormaven

      That ice blue number needs to go to Fan Bing Bing, stat.

      • Absolutely! She could work the daylights out of it. And the colors would be amazing on her.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, the green & orchid ensemble is the one that truly caught my attention. Hope a PhD-level clothes wearer tries to pull it off in upcoming months.

      • But who? Fan Bing Bing comes to mind of course, as decormaven said, but who else?

        • kimmeister

          Lucy Liu is probably not tall enough . . . I think the colors could really pop on Nicole Kidman (depending on what color her hair is that day).

          • ballerinawithagun

            I like the Nicole idea, remember the green Galliano(?) she wore so well?

        • ankali

          So who are our usual suspects when we think of PhD- or at least Masters-level fashionistas? Fan Bing Bing, Diane Krueger, Cate Blanchett, SWINTON, Zoe Saldana, Rooney Mara, Dita Von Teese, Evan Rachel Wood, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Lucy Liu, Nicole Kidman, Florence Welch on a good day, SJP, HBC, Solange, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington, Keira Knightley, maybe Octavia Butler if Tadashi Shoji allows her to wear other labels…

          In this case, I’m going with Kerry Washington as a first choice and Krueger or Blanchett as a 2nd.

    • ballerinawithagun

      That is my favorite also, what an amazing color combination. Even just another layer of the orchid chiffon would have made such a difference!

      Shoulder tumors…makes me wonder why I had surgery on mine. (Non-malignant, so I can joke!)

  • The red and white gown about halfway through, with shoulder draping and black belt was pretty. Everything else made me wonder how to say “Needs editing” in Italian.

    • DuBey2

      Yes, I loved that also. And the pea green satin top with the fuschia flowers is also amazing, as Kiltdntltd said

  • 3boysful

    Has the glamorous Georgina Chapman gone to work for GV?

    • ccinnc

      My first thought. Esp. the first half dozen or so.

  • hughman

    Sheer! Gold crap! Extra fabric! It all just seems rather lazy and not thoughtful.

  • marlie

    This is really beautiful and feminine. I love the colors, *except* the whites seem a little too washed out. And a lot (though not all) need just one design element removed. Though overall, it’s beautiful and romantic. LOVE.

  • Diego!

    Oh I had enough with flowers everywhere!! I do like the red gown tough 😛

  • Zorkness

    While there some really cool pieces here, some of the dresses appear to have brightly colored tumors growing from the shoulders.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Fall? Is it just me or is it starting to look as though this year’s Fall Couture showings are just some sort of mean fashion insider practical joke on the public?

  • Oh good, more see through clothing. How very forward thinking. All it needs now are shapes and silhouettes that flatter no one and lots of unnecessary fabric pieces, piled on, all willy-nilly. Got that too? Pefection.

  • farmlife

    Most of these have all sorts of added fabric around hips and/or busts. How about using normally proportioned and sized women as the models for designing clothes? Then real people could wear them and the designers would save oodles of fabric! (and the models could actually enjoy more than one meal a week, and maybe even smile a little) Imagine!

  • Courtenay P

    It’s driving me nuts that every single model is wearing the exact same pair of shoes.

    • and the exact same pair of eyebrows. and the exact same blank expression.

  • rougeort

    The looks with giant wads of toilet paper stuck on them made me wince. While I don’t see this collection as particularly revolutionary, I can name a lot of starlets who would wear these looks. My favorites were the ones that didn’t look like they belonged in this collection at all (namely, the lavender/olive green/magenta dress and yellow gown at the end), so I guess that doesn’t speak too highly of my thoughts on it 🙂

    Overall, I think that while this isn’t a perfect collection, it’s a marketable one, so GV did accomplish something through it.

  • LJCdoc

    I don’t like most of this, but I think I could love #24 if the skirt wasn’t so sheer.

  • MilaXX

    Die sheer skirt, DIE!

    • decormaven

      The more we stab, the more they come forth. Powerful juju in those sheer skirts.

      • conniemd

        They also appear to be replicators because they have lately been morphing into sheer pants and sheer jumpsuits.

      • kimmeister

        Don’t give the designers any ideas . . . or else we’ll be seeing sheer SHREDDED skirts next.

  • Deb_Lynn

    I could almost swear you mislabeled this Marchesa collection…….

  • DebGuss

    The black belts and bows look like they’re made from electrical tape. The blue accents are kind of pretty though.

    • kimmeister

      Electrical tape is a good comparison. I was thinking VHS tape!

  • Louise Bryan

    My first thought was that inspiration arose from a bowl of ice cream, or maybe spray on whipped cream. Then, flower tumors. Hmm. 18 and 32 (I think I counted right) are lovely.

    • i do wish the looks were numbered. counting that high is tough for us old folks…

  • Jaeda Laurez

    All the sheer material at the bottom makes the dresses feel top-heavy. There’s no balance in the silhouettes. I LOVE that tone of yellow at the end, but all in all, it feels like it’s chasing a trend.

  • desi_girl

    Oddly reminiscent of Oscar de la Renta. Am I right?

  • Jackie4g

    Several of the short dresses look like “cigarette girl” costumes from a 1940s or 50s movie. I don’t like unlined sheers that reveal the lower body any more than I would like bare breasted models with sheer tops. Sometimes it’s sexier to be a little subtle. However, it seems as though the designer never met a gimmick he didn’t like, so he’s used them all in a series of wildly impractical dresses. Some of the gowns are wearable and pretty, but most are just too much. Sorry to be negative, but there were some golden opportuites blown here.

  • Imasewsure

    A few of the straighter simpler looks are really pretty (like the short blue dress in the middle and the snapshot dress). Most of kind of cray cray though. Hope we don’t see too many of those on the RC

  • conniemd

    This collection certainly carries the trend of sheers over legs to new heights/depths.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Bow tumors, pageant sashes and ballerina dresses. It’s like a four-year-old’s idea of couture.

  • I love this collection. I’m not sure who could wear the dresses. Taylor Swift? Gwen Stefani (although these aren’t her style). Maybe Salena Gomez. The second half of the collection is more mature. About halfway down there’s a semi-sheer dress with various flowers and flourishes (stems?). I love the playing with textures and flowers in this collection.

    • i, too, adore this collection. gowns for a fairy queen. also, elle fanning, katy perry, amanda seifreid, lily allen, anne hathaway, chloe moretz, jennifer lawrence, and many other fresh young beauties. there’s a rather plain color-blocked gown near the middle that would be perfect for more sporty types, such as cameron diaz and serena williams.

      • I see that blocked gown; it’s nice as well, and it is unique in color and blocking.

    • VicD

      I love the IDEA of a lot of this, but the sheer is terrible (I was picturing the various skirts lined and liking them much better), and all the fluffy dresses are too short. They would look so much better a little longer. But the ladystars will take them as is, cut up to the hooch, and we don’t need to see it…

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  • R.A.

    I hate that they styled them all in those black cage sandals. They only go with 0.01% of the looks. Other than that, MEH.

    • i got totally bored by those sandals, too. so out of place.

  • imspinningaround

    I like the short pale blue dress with white embroidery because I love Jasperware. Otherwise, ehhhhhhh.

  • KayEmWhy

    I see Florence from Florence and the Machine wearing the 5th from the bottom floral number. Otherwise, this collection looks like a commercial for Kleenex flowers.

  • Jonquil

    Bridal, bridal, bridal, covered in blood, covered in blood, sprouting fungus, bridal, big yellow dress.

  • LaSylphide

    Some of these would be quite pretty if we didn’t have to look at the underwear. Overall, though, snore.

  • maggiemaybe

    ENOUGH with the sheer skirts! They even look silly on the models. Also those baby doll dresses are making my eye twitch. Do grown women really want to look like a spoiled 6-year-old at a birthday party? And if they do, should that impulse really be indulged? I don’t think so!

  • PastryGoddess

    POOF there it is

  • Gloriana Reginata

    The bougainvillea infesting a third of these dresses needs hedge clippers taken to it, right now.

  • TerryMarie

    Nothing there that makes me regret being old, fat and poor.

    • ailujailuj

      Classic post – omg

  • MoHub

    Actually, the second and third remind me of the birthday-party dresses we used to wear in the mid-1950s. However, those were worn by 4- to 6-year-olds.

  • Mrs. C

    Ninth up from the bottom: TRIBBLES!

  • NBG

    Sheer skirts and goiters, ugh. Moving on.

  • demidaemon

    These are some of the most whackadoo, ill-proportioned garments I have ever seen. Additionally, this collection is going for the award of “Dumbest Use of Sheer in a Tacky and Unflattering Way,” which is really saying something.

  • Danielle L

    Are… are those purple bell bottoms? Or a poorly photographed mermaid skirt?

  • Anniebet

    I like maybe one of these (13th from top, short, flouncy, white, blue flowers). The small floral prints are lovely, except when they’re slapped on top of sheer. Dammit, what’s with designers and sheer fabric these days. Do they think all rich ladies want to show off their rich lady parts? Oh, I forgot..they’re designing for celebs and the red carpet these days, not real people.

  • Lady Orwellian

    I like the one 16th from the bottom, though it could use a little less big flowers in the bottom portion of the skirt near the hem. Tenth from the top is also very pretty and rather simplistic in comparison to some of the others and I love the icy blue.

  • kolokOlchik

    Project Runway decoy collection

  • quiltrx

    “Our inspiration was “frou-frou”, and that special feeling you get when you *almost* see a girl’s good china.”

  • queen b*tch

    enough. with. the. sheer.

    • somebody blonde

      I’m pretty sure when people look at this era in a couple decades, that’s what people are going to be decrying as “What were they thinking?”

  • CatherineRhodes

    Serious frankendresses.

  • ailujailuj

    Mms TLo? Can’t your interns number these babies?
    I am in the minority but I do love some of these dresses… Love. Now, I don’t prefer the mullet cuts or the vintage 6-yr old party dresses. But I am enjoying some of the sheer skirts very much. This one and that one. And the “bougainvillea” themes are simply gorgeous.