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Giambattista Valli Puts a Couture Spin on '80s Prom Dresses

The Giambattista Valli runway was awash with voluminous, extra AF frocks, because everyone knows when it comes to the Italian designer's dreamy creations, there's no such thing as too much tulle

The designer took a deep dive into the '80s for the house's spring 2019 collection, bringing back the off-the-shoulder necklines, high-low hems, ruffles upon ruffles, all in super-saturated reds and magentas.


Giambattista Valli : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019                 

Giambattista Valli : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019
Giambattista Valli : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019
Giambattista Valli : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019
Giambattista Valli : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019

Jennifer Lopez offered up a preview of the collection, wearing a bubblegum pink tulle confection to attend the premiere of her film Second Act in December.


'Second Act' World Premiere

On the runway, there were various iterations: plunging neckline, off-the-shoulder, and high necklines, a mix of high-low and floor-length hems, paired with cowboy boots, fez hats, and oversized bow accents. 


Giambattista Valli : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019
Giambattista Valli : Runway - Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019
FASHION-FRANCE-GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

“Today, France is being torn apart culturally and socially. I thought it was important to remind myself why I came here, and what makes it an extraordinary country,” the Italian designer told WWD. Aside from the '80s references, Valli also looked to haute couture history and its major players: Hubert de Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, as couture trains and playful silhouettes rounded out Valli's spring 2019 range. "It’s an atmosphere you only find in French haute couture houses—this eclecticism, this lively silhouette, these uninhibited women with their slightly brazen attitude, this mix of cultures."

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