Back in May when the news broke that Giambattista Valli would debut a couture collection, we were concerned. Leading brands like Christian Lacroix have struggled to produce haute couture shows and with the ongoing effect of the global economic crisis, less elite consumers are able to afford the heavy price tag that comes with a custom piece. But after yesterday's show, we know that Valli has nothing to worry about.
Although his past RTW collections have had couture-like qualities, this was the designer's first official foray into haute couture and you would not have known. Despite his relative inexperience, he produced a confident collection of beautiful daywear and exquisite eveningwear. Coral red coloured peplum cropped sleeved jackets were teamed with maxi skirts in the same hue and statement evening skirt suit came adorned with black feathers and crystal embroidery.
Immediately after the show Anna Winour went backstage to be amongst the first to congratulate Valli. If that wasn't proof of a success story, we don't know what is.