Happy days are here again—well, not quite—but in the world of Giambattista Valli, it seems they never left. Valli didn’t scale back in the 18 looks he presented for Fall 2020 couture on supermodel Joan Smalls via a virtual lookbook and video presentation—despite many designers pulling back on grandeur amidst the climate of a global pandemic.
It seems Valli understands what his clientele and the fashion community have been craving from him, even as most sit at home sheltering in place. Glamour! Volume! Drama! Colour! Romance! All things happy were on the Valli menu this season, as they often are. But this season, the poof, plumes, frills, and bows we expect of fashion’s ultimate confectioner were amped up to the nth degree, this time with body-con micro minis that added ample sex appeal.
Valli also offered a new riff on the couture bride, via a mermaid silhouette punctuated with black bows and a ruffled point d’esprit veil that closed the collection. While Valli’s bride is typically a goddess or a princess (and this collection had both in tow), this aisle-worthy stunner proved that even at her most angelic, a modern bride can still have edge.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.