Giambattista Valli is not one of those designers who seeks to reinvent the wheel or change the fashion conversation each season. Rather, he aims to create pretty, feminine clothes with the smart use of color, florals and embellishment. And that's exactly what he did for spring 2016.
There was a glamorous, '70s hippie feel to the collection, seen not only in the knee-high gladiator sandals he styled with every single look but also in colorful daisy prints, minidresses with high, embellished necklines, and gowns with billowing ruffles and very low necklines — one worn particularly well by Gigi Hadid, who closed the show. She, and the rest of the models with hair that allowed for it, wore their locks long and wavy, with a center part.
On the more sophisticated end of things were a number of sweet miniskirt and jacket combos. There were also, of course, a few iterations of Valli's favored dresses-over-pants — a look that we're almost as tired of seeing as gladiator sandals and ruffles. At least the latter trends are ones that women will likely still want to wear come spring. (Dresses over pants can be a hard sell, and difficult to pull off.) Still, there was a wave-like motif down the center of sleeveless tops that felt inventive and sexy in a modern way. The same can be said about a shoulder-bearing dress with a sparkly choker neckline. Let's hope for more of that newness next season.