Giambattista Valli, he of the glamorous gowns (and Jessica Biel’s rose-color wedding dress!), announced today that he’s expanding with Giamba, a new ready-to-wear line that might end up being a wee bit more accessible than his main line. WWD reports Valli called it “another collection that runs in parallel with the designer brand” and is tossing out adjectives like “powerful, on-fire, fearless, tomboy, and own-minded.”
While I’m willing to bet that the pieces will still be out of my price range (sigh), it sounds like a good excuse to check out some of the most glamorous dresses from his past runways.
Black and white and feathers? This fall 2011 couture number is the sort of whimsical dress you’d slip on and never want to take off.
With long sleeves, a full peplum, and a bottom that flares dramatically out, this fall 2013 couture gown is not for the faint-of-fashion-heart types. And don’t even get me started on that spray of dimensional yellow blooms on the shoulder.
Both the color and the silhouette of this fall 2011 couture number are for the girl who enjoys being a girl.
I’ve loved this dress, from fall 2012, for a while now: It’s so simple but utterly unique. How many times do we see strapless gowns? A tank-style top is like a breath of fresh air.
With full short sleeves and a past-the-knee hemline that evoke a retro feel, this spring 2014 dress also has a sheerness that kept it feeling very now.
At first glance, this black fall 2011 couture ball gown looks so simple, but it’s really all about the construction. That nipped-in waist, the row of bows on the bodice, and the top that sits surprisingly low make for a very sexy formal look.
At this point, it’s obvious the label isn’t afraid of some major volume. This deep green number from the fall 2012 couture collection widened things up by placing ruffles and folds on the sides only.
The look of a sheer pencil skirt styled over briefs always appeals to me (though I’m still working on figuring out how to make it work in real life). This spring 2013 dress manages to seem both like a work-appropriate shift and, you know, not.
High-low (or mullet) hemlines typically don’t do it for me, but the luxurious feel of all this volume from the fall 2013 collection somehow changes my mind.
The scarlet blooms scattered on this fall 2013 couture dress look so divine, I almost think they’d feel and smell like the real thing in person.