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Giambattista Valli goes big with haute couture outing in Paris

In heaps of ruffled tulles, flamingo skirts and dramatic glasses, Giambattista Valli created an au courant moment in Paris 

Models present creations for the Giambattista Valli Women's Haute Couture Fall Winter 2022-2023 collection during a fashion show as part of the Fashion Week in Paris  (AFP)

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Giambattista Valli went full throttle for his namesake label’s Paris fashion show Monday night, marking ten years on the official French haute couture calendar by sending mountains of tulle and billowing trains for a spin under bright lights and the gaze of cheering fans.

Models drifted out from a wall of shiny, party balloons – pink flamingos squeezed against rainbow ponies — wearing wide cat-eyed sunglasses and teased-out hair extensions. They lifted their skirts as they crisscrossed the runway and rounded the mirrored columns while a robot camera rolled back and forth.

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Silhouettes were ample and varied, with volumes that shifted. Sleeves puffed out from the shoulders, and skirts were cast wide, built-in tiers like layered cakes, or fitted, then suddenly splayed out at the bottom in a burst of yellow, pink or turquoise.

In a nod to his signature topiary dresses, Valli sent out a shimmery, silver sequined body suit with rings of white ostrich feathers around the legs.

“It’s like the generosity of the hug. It’s a hug of flowers, a hug of feathers, a hug of tulle. There are all these bouquets that hug you; it’s this kind of pleasure to share happy times together,” Vallie told Reuters.

The collection was about living in the moment, he explained. “I don’t look too much in the future or too much in the past,” he said. “I think this is the big lesson from the past couple of years.”

Popular with socialites and known for serving the red carpet set, the label has financial backing from the Pinault family holding Groupe Artemis. It broadened its consumer base with an H&M collaboration in 2019.

Valli trotted out on the runway for his bow, stopping to greet Bianca Brandolini, who modeled a pink dress with a hooded cape.

After the show, guests including Robbie Williams and Olivia Palermo swarmed backstage. 

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