Floral motifs, grand volumes, and high-low hemlines are cemented in Giambattista Valli‘s DNA, so much so that the designer launched a range for H&M during the Cannes Film Festival via Kendall Jenner, showcasing his statement high-low, super-voluminous ballgown done in a fluorescent pink.
With a diffusion range on the horizon, this Haute Couture collection was the designer’s opportunity to showcase what he does best on the highest end; bring on the techniques that cannot be duplicated, diffused, or whittled down to fast fashion. Handmade florals were scattered throughout the collection, sometimes blooming from head-to-toe. Hand-draped gowns that in the past would have been inserted into a runway show as goddess-like palette cleansers amidst bold flowery ball gowns were gathered, cinched, and artfully swathed in new ways.
Per usual, the collection ended with Valli’s bold tulle confections, but this season the designer chose to forgo a runway presentation in favor of an exhibition. The gowns still wowed off-figure, but we’ll have to wait for Valli’s It-girls (like Jenner) or brides (like Charlotte Casiraghi) to really see them move on the red carpet or the aisle.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
See all the highlights from Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall 2019 below.