PARIS--Thank goodness Giambattista Valli is doing a collection for Macy's that we can all afford because if his Impulse line for the mass retailer is even remotely like what he just showed for spring 2012 (or any of his latest collections for that matter), you're gonna want a piece of it.
At the Couvent des Cordeliers yesterday, Valli showed a festive collection true to his '60s mod-couture style. Where last spring he ran strips of leopard at the bottom of his shift dresses, this season he's hemmed his white minis in feathers and shimmering silver brocade. More is more with Valli, and he took it even further by adding strips of light pink, lemon yellow, and hot pink florals around dresses and day coats. Wavy little gills were attached at the sides of tops and wrapped around dresses, and when looks weren't a mash up of cotton candy prints, they were loudly zebra striped. And for some more splashes of color, the designer offered up a fringed coat in a bubble gum pink Ikat print. If that wasn't enough, models' arms were stacked past their elbows with serpent cuffs.
These dresses are for the girl who cocktail party hops, like say, Olivia Palermo or Margherita Missoni, who where both in the front row. So was Jessica Biel, and while she never struck us as a Valli girl, she'd up her style game if she started wearing his designs.
**All photos via Imaxtree