The spring collection exuded every bit the girly edge you would expect from Giambattista Valli’s prêt-à-porter line Giamba. Set in the baroque Sforza Castle in Milan, models showcased baby doll styles mixed with a hint of rock and roll. Sheer shift and baby doll dresses appeared as models bounced down the runway to the eclectic music mix. A knife pleated mini dress in a soft pink set the youthful tone of the show early on. Large ruffled bibbed tops and embroidered collars reminded guests of the beauty behind Giambattista; while the clever mixing of exotic animal prints, miniskirts and space dyed graphic prints brought a jovial edge.
The show continued with a feminine and sporty aesthetic. A white lace maxi dress adorned with a ruffled bib and ruffle cap sleeves felt Victorian and fitting for the castle setting. And while the printed skinny flared trousers, sequin bomber jacket and flame pants were not ideal, they still had a sense of belonging amongst the castles’ beautiful architecture. That is the beauty of this line. It mixes soft elements like pastel colored pleats, pink sequins, fine fringe, ruffles and sheer fabrics with subtle rougher nuances to deliver a bright eyed girl who still enjoys a good party. For example models sported baby bangs with metal foil details on their foreheads, and the use of printed booties laced in a way that resembled boxing boots. Both were clever ways to counter act all the soft elements without overwhelming them. The collection was eclectic mix, yes, but it was cohesive in its own uniquely new way.
Written by JESSICA FIELDS
Photos by MAXIM SAPOZHNIKOV
Visual editor MARIA JOSE GONZALVEZ