Giambattista Valli is a couture classicist. The man loves a floaty cocktail dress, a floral embellishment and a plentiful serving of pointed-toe pumps. His fall 2014 couture collection included all those things, but with a surprising inspiration: sleepwear. Turns out even the most dramatic couturiers can't resist a little casual R&R.
The 45-look collection mixed traditional pajama details like silk shirting, loose trousers and contrast piping with couture mainstays like bias draping, massively full skirts and layers upon layers of tulle. The results varied from the kitschy fun of look #15 -- an all white, very '50s dress -- to confusing look #3, which consisted of a fur jacket with loose, rolled trousers. The pajama dressing came to a dramatic close with the final three looks, a trifecta of sherbet-hued, frothy evening dresses paired with sleep shirt-inspired tops. Perfect for those Linda Evangelistas of 2014 who won't get out of bed for less than $10,000.
Valli couldn't resist some of his signature florals embellishments, though. A posh floral motif carried throughout the collection in the form of draped evening dresses and embellished tea-length numbers that Valli lovers like Jessica Biel are sure to flip over. No one can cut an evening dress with the flowy beauty of Valli, and it showed in the violet confections that walked towards the end of the presentation.
Of course the whole collection was given an air of retro chicness courtesy of '50s-style headscarves and black-lensed sunglasses. Nostalgic heroines will find their dream clothes in this collection, as will fanciful girls looking for a little fashion fun.
See all the looks below.
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