After moments of stillness and intropection, the will of movement and a new dynamism serve as the starting point for the Fall/Winter ’21 collection, where Mr. Valli takes his parisienne silhouette on a journey to his hometown, Rome.
While walking through the city, this silhouette turns into a new imaginary friend, Paolina Borghese Bonaparte, a woman ahead of her times that perfectly incarnated the balance between the Italian and French cultures and whose spirit applies to the Valli woman; a progressive and eclectic creature completely independent in her sense of style.
Arrays of Parisian black and whites, trimmed and embroidered Bloucles and neat silk crepes soften while the promenade goes on; the flower ramages of the villa Borghese start to appear, climbing onto the garments and its delicate flowers bloom in the form of brocades, embroideries and porcelain prints alongside lavish sequins and velvets jacquards.
Pearl-adorned tiaras, spots of leopard, crystal-embroidered necklines reminiscent of livery collars and slightly risen waistlines are further nods to the empire.
This collection’s footwear, refined Mary-Janes come in Antonio Canova’s marble white or in the form of streamlined platform boots, almost resembling statue pedestals.
The House’s monogram, is embroidered as tapisserie on the Maison’s atemporal “Flore” bag or brocade totes bags and appears alongside silk satin “minaudieres” adorned with “constellation” crystal-embroideries.
The pigments of frescos appear on the eyes as souvenirs of the galleria’s kaleidoscopic ceilings, which also pop up in the collection’s presentation through mind-bending videos taken by Giambattista Valli himself.
The resolution of the collection is thus to convey a feeof vigor and the inspire the new beginning of enthusiastic femininity.
All images courtesy of Giambattista Valli