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Giambattista Valli Spring 2017 - Runway Review

Lacy black bras and bedroom finery were the stars of Giambattista Valli’s spring show—a marked departure from the designer’s love of tulle and organza. The seeming ode to author Simone de Beauvoir transpired only subtly throughout the collection.

There was a decidedly Frenchness to the collection, the way Valli projected a feminine essence from start to finish. There was the bra worn as a top under a puff-sleeved bomber jacket or opera coat in black taffeta.

Or it formed, rather effectively, the top of gossamer gowns in tiers of lace, drifting ever just so. A hint of Marie Antoinette was evident in the sugary colors, puffed sleeves and frothy ruffles. Pushing them into daywear were added sporty doses in the form of nylon Windbreakers done up in china-pattern florals.