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giambattista valli, s/s 2009

23 June 2009

Giambattista Valli’s Spring/Summer 2009 RTW collection was, undeniably, one of my favorites. It embraced the fifties with a newer sense of luxurious romanticism; after all, that particular decade was one that epitomized femininity of a woman. Austerity, softened glamour, and classicality of Jackie-O, Audrey Hepburn, and ballerinas.


Presented were renditions of the iconic pieces of women’s fashion: the high waisted skirt and shorts, the little black dress, molded capes, A-line silhouetted dresses, the raise-waisted  sack dresses. All of which were done with modern touches: the demure v-neck, slitted fronts, layers of tulle, flower prints, and girlish bows here and there. The collection leaves the first impression of conservative idealism; yet Valli’s coy placements of thigh high slits and low v-necks make for unbelievable cocktail frocks with couture-like formality. Structured yet frothy – a bit reminiscent of a Starbucks vanilla bean or strawberries and creme frappucinos for an inimitable touch of sweetness and airy feminity.


I imagine myself as an editor in these dresses and structured capes, Blahniks clacking in the marble halls of the Conde Nast building, Chanel 2.55 slung on the crook of my arm with papers and Blackberry in hand. Pretentious of me, yes, but I simply cannot help imagining these dresses on women of high executive power – from editors, to CEOS, to presidents of companies, to the likes of Michelle Obama. The power each of these dresses present is subtle yet implicative in a single glance; its balance of liquid-like satin and brocade and matte fabrics providing for both modern and historical ideals of femininity. It marks the role of the woman past in petticoats and modest cuts, and that of the woman present in its simplicity. Every pieces is swoon-worthy. (I’ve been pining over each and every model’s ensemble down the runway…)


And of course. Valli ended with quite the epic set of gowns – gowns of indescribable delicate couture, seemingly fitting only for the steps of the Louvre or for debutante balls with princes and princesses. The extravagance of the seemingly endless trains of tulle gowns and floral-inspired ruffles had an ethereal effect on the runway; the lightness of the colors and fabrics overtly decadent and opulent yet possessed a lightness that made the collection seemingly paradoxical out of context.


Oh la la, mon dieu! The shoes!! Currently and will always be dying over the platform sandals and pumps. Forevermore. My sentences become incoherent upon seeing these shoes; never have anything been so swoon-worthy, so perfect. It’s quite official: Giambattista Valli’s SS 2009 shoes are the best yet. Classic, sophisticated, feminine, and versatile – qualities that define the ideal shoe for every woman. From patent, to embellished with sequins, to reptile-print shoes in black, grayish-taupe, and pink…

Yes I’d like one of each now. Merci!

GV SS 09 Shoes

And we end with beauty. Coiffed hair of exaggerated proportions a bit like that of Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent. Toned down, the hair would be quite perfect for work and evening outings – simple yet so stunning. The makeup was equally elegant; I do love the persistence in striving for natural beauty, touched up with only a bit of liner, mascara, brown shadow, and a neutral, nude-mauve lip.

Giambattista Valli SS09 Detail 5

“It’s about a metamorphosis. There’s a big change going on in these times”. – Giambattista Valli

It is. Without a doubt. The collection is a representation of the metamorphosis of a woman; a tribute to who she was in the past, and an acknowledgement of of nostalgic longing for those good times – times sans the economic crisis. It is an optimistic outlook on the predicament of our time; forget the darkness and bleak outlook on the financial state of the world. Embrace the ideal form of luxury; live for today. Dress for today.


La C.

P.S.: Thank you, Najeema for leaving me the “Your Blog is Lovely” award!

54 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 June 2009 8:53 pm

    oh la la i really just died. so beautiful.

  2. 23 June 2009 9:55 pm

    oh. my. god. all the pieces are absolutely beautiful, and i had to stare at the gowns for just a little while more.

    i’m also dying at the sight of those platforms.

  3. 23 June 2009 10:23 pm

    *sigh* LOVE LOVE LOVE Giambattista Valli, always so dreamy, yet wearable! Those shoes! They look quite a lot like Charlotte Olympia’s designs, wonder if there was some collaboration there…

  4. Hannah permalink
    23 June 2009 10:37 pm

    What an incredible collection! I can easily see any of these pieces fitting perfectly into Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. 🙂

  5. 23 June 2009 10:44 pm

    The first dress is my absolute favorite – love how it reminds me of the dresses girls wore in the 60s! 🙂

  6. 23 June 2009 10:44 pm

    Sorry, 50s. 🙂

  7. 24 June 2009 12:39 am

    Live for today, dress for today, is a good concept. My youngest daughter reminded me of this just today. Weird. Anyway, the idea is to stop saving your special outfits for special occasions. There are some beautiful things hanging in my closet that I never wear. What am I waiting for?

  8. 24 June 2009 1:13 am

    Thanks for sharing, darling… I am in L O V E with this collection! xx

  9. 24 June 2009 1:15 am

    Ugh! SOOO Elegant!!

  10. 24 June 2009 2:29 am

    Swoon. Every single piece is gorgeous, and those SHOES–the pink platform pumps in the last photo make my heart go pitter pat!

  11. 24 June 2009 3:54 am

    Great post! Your writing is so easy for me to follow and understand unlike those I read on style or fashion magazines. My favorites are the little black dresses…redefined and elegant. Those nude shoes are killer…very killer! xxoxoxo

  12. 24 June 2009 5:30 am

    my fave, my fave! Girlie, sex-ay, romantic….

    I adore those shoes…superb fantastic!


  13. 24 June 2009 9:35 am

    My eyes are on those shoes…

  14. 24 June 2009 10:22 am

    I really love this collection too, especially those big statement floral pieces =] they are really impressive! I really enjoy the shift in style, from a bright neon colour palette (SS08) to a toned-down one this spring.

  15. 24 June 2009 10:23 am

    Great photos. It looks like a wonderful collection. Hope your week is going well. Cheers!

  16. 24 June 2009 10:44 am

    He is great designer. The details are amazing. Very elegant and glammour!!!


  17. 24 June 2009 11:06 am


  18. 24 June 2009 11:06 am

    love these!
    chanel looks amazingg

  19. 24 June 2009 11:19 am

    Gorgeous collection, especially those fabulous pumps! Congrats on your award too, darling!


  20. 24 June 2009 12:17 pm

    I’m melting away…. Giambattista Valli is also one on my favorites (and I’m really thinking about to keep the bag I’m having up for sale right now….). I adore all the GV collections and started to grab some items of the past collections, nothing spectacular but I love it!
    The designs are so timeless classic and chic.
    Great post, Kim!!
    much love, s.

  21. 24 June 2009 12:50 pm

    Gorgeous! That’s all I can say… Simply gorgeous!


  22. 24 June 2009 1:01 pm

    so divine!

  23. 24 June 2009 1:08 pm

    lovely lovely! I wouldn’t mind one of those shoes!

  24. 24 June 2009 1:22 pm

    When I reach a certain age, I’d start wearing 50’s inspired items. These will inspire me to sew similar styles. 🙂

  25. 24 June 2009 1:28 pm

    It’s funny but Valli is probably my less favorite emergent italian artist. Compared to Aquilano & Rimondi, to Tisci ( ok, not THAT emergent^^ ), even to Colangelo I find it just… a little bit boring.
    Of course it’s perfect, well done, sartorial but… sometimes I have the feeling I miss a soul there… and that was my impression with this collection. Also I’m not a 5o’ fan which is my problem and explains perhaps my ‘bof’-reaction to it…

    But I do love the outfits you’ve selected ! And it still is a pleasure to see young brilliant designer… ‘di casa’ !

    X.o.X.o dear !!

  26. 24 June 2009 1:36 pm

    SO lovely. I’d rock all of it on a daily basis no matter what the occasion
    (if only I could afford more than a button!)

  27. 24 June 2009 1:56 pm

    aaaah i want everything in the whole collection! sad face xx

  28. 24 June 2009 1:56 pm

    Oh, oh, the first dress! It’s adorable, I want to wear it right now!! And please give me a pair of those lovely shoes too, if i may choose: the first white ones please!

    I’m curious how long my feet will be without pain when I’m wearing them… I quess not much longer than a minute.

  29. 24 June 2009 2:06 pm

    This is fabulous!!! I love it!

    check out my blog!


  30. 24 June 2009 3:05 pm

    Amazing collection! Such feminine retro polish in all the pieces.

  31. 24 June 2009 3:14 pm

    oh my! so so chic!!

  32. 24 June 2009 3:31 pm

    Beaaaauuutiful dresses!
    I looove the very first one…♥

  33. 24 June 2009 3:39 pm

    gorgeous, great highlight

  34. 24 June 2009 4:13 pm

    every piece is gorgeous!

  35. 24 June 2009 4:50 pm

    I had that pink shoe as my AIM avatar for over a year! I still want them *drool*

  36. 24 June 2009 4:50 pm

    Cool hair on that last picture!=)

  37. 24 June 2009 5:55 pm

    classy, sexy and utterly luxurious.

  38. 24 June 2009 6:33 pm

    Such an unbelievably stunning collection! Giambattista Velli always hits the mark for me 🙂 Those first three dresses you posted are so beautiful. I do love designers who can take classics, but really make it their own. And oh my, the gowns at the end were breathtaking!!

  39. thebaglady permalink
    24 June 2009 8:40 pm

    Oh my goodness this is beautiful!!! =] So perfect, so beauitful, so feminine! Exactly as you described!

  40. 24 June 2009 9:10 pm

    i love the collection, especially those neutral-coloured outfits, particularly, capes.

  41. 24 June 2009 9:43 pm

    i must admit the shoes are jaw-droppingly hot !


  42. 24 June 2009 11:25 pm

    great review. these really are beautiful pieces, a true chic woman’s kind of collection. i place emphasis on woman.. i know i have no business even trying to pull these off until i’ve acquired maybe a decade of maturity..

  43. 25 June 2009 4:58 am

    Oh these are such gorgeous art pieces. The colours and all! The fabric and the style.. Oh I could rave about it! Its simply breathtaking!


  44. 25 June 2009 7:44 am

    Oh yes… swoon-worthy is the right word for it!!!
    So many gorgeous DREAMTICKETS!!!

    Beautiful Blessings to you..

  45. 25 June 2009 7:45 am

    i am not a fan of the a boyish straight me some curves!

    but i do love the frilly look of the bows and one shoulder look
    very pretty


  46. 25 June 2009 7:55 am

    definitely one of my FAVE collections from spring! love your blog!

  47. 25 June 2009 12:05 pm

    I’ve always adored Mr. Valli’s designs but the day I actually saw these creations in person was the day I was completley blown away. I think most photos don’t do his clothes justice. My favorites were definitely the taffeta and chiffon gowns, slightly more opulent and more evening appropriate, but the detailing was just … wow.

    Gorgeous shoes as well. I love the platform versions!

  48. 26 June 2009 3:41 pm

    I like the shoes even better than the dresses. They are very feminine indeed and they look brilliant, no matter what color they are.

  49. 27 June 2009 4:00 am

    so elegant, chic and beautiful!!

  50. abdcforever permalink
    27 June 2009 1:25 pm

    those shoes are killer! luv that croc print. sickk.

  51. 28 June 2009 12:31 am

    Speechless… just gorgeous, with beautiful lines

  52. kristine permalink
    28 June 2009 1:05 pm

    i always love your analyses of designer collections. they’re so beautiful! you should write these things for them. they’d be proud.

  53. kristine permalink
    28 June 2009 1:19 pm

    those shoes (esp those pink pumps) are tdf!!


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