Giambattista Valli has two lines that he does Resort collections for. His second one, the diminutive Giamba, is supposed to be aimed towards a more middlebrow and younger set clientele. For that, his stated inspiration was naturally something the young people are into: snapchat.
His main line though, the eponymous Giambattista Valli is his real baby, as well as the one that presents at Couture week twice a year. Famous for dresses like Rihanna’s Shower Pouf , these are his upper crust looks, and his Resort line is no exception. These are 50+ looks overlayed with stunning detail, heavy floral appliques and day wear that only the most expensive lady who lunches would find in her closet.
Still, it is resort, which means that the shower poufs and the over the top evening wear was almost entirely absent. Not that these looks wouldn’t easily do in a pinch for most evening occasions, as they are already highly expensive and tailored to a “T” looks. The difference for Valli is that resortwear includes useful items, like pant suits, the type of which Hillary Clinton would not even be able to pull off. (They clearly have someone more like Mrs. Amal Clooney in mind.) The dress hems are higher, the cut is more casual. But the fabrics are just as insanely luxe as a normal Spring or Fall runways line, and in line wit the same sort of thing one would expect as the downscale version of his handmade couture designs.
But when a fabric is that high-end, it doesn’t really matter how casual the cut is. It’s the difference between Kate Middleton wearing something that looks casual, and something that looks middle class. Someone like Middleton, who along with hubby Bill, attempt to emulate a normal couple understands she has to eschew in her day-to-day looks, and wear when she’s being photographed wandering around India looking Princess-like. The rest of us can only sigh over them as dreams we’ll never have.
The full collection is below.