Eye on the Runway: Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2013

Giambattista Valli is a master at churning out buzz-worthy designs while remaining largely out of the public eye, which isn’t to say he doesn’t dress his share of attention-grabbing celebrities. Yet where Valli is less a visible personality in the media, he may in fact be more talented than many of his couturier peers. His spring ’13 collection was an exercise in true, original beauty.

The show started with a black-and-white scheme, ranging from a snow leopard-motif coat dress (snow leopard is having a moment) to a racy evening number, cut and flared at the waist and croc-scaled down the middle. Other animal inspirations came from zebra stripes and flamingo feathers. The show then progressed into familiar Valli territory, at least in terms of hue, with rich dusty pinks and lavenders aplenty. A major highlight here was the designer’s bronze-colored bows, belts and floral necklaces — evoking something Grecian, in addition to the Italianate grandiosity and overall modernity of the collection.

–Nicholas Remsen

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