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It was no secret that expectations
surrounding the Italian designer’s newest couture attempt – Giambattista showed
his debut couture range for Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 - were high. After all,
drawing A-List attention (Diane Kruger sat front row this morning) as well as
the siren call of Macy’s (he created a
capsule collection for the department store last October) and glowing
reviews across the board, indicate Giambattista must be on the right track. To
the delight of many, today’s collection boasted the same timeless
sophistication, cutting edge scissor-work and soft, feminine materials the
designer first impressed with.
Embellished lace and vibrant blooms were
the order of the day. Clusters of lace flowers, designed to look like swarms of
furiously-flapping butterflies, lined everything from sleeveless overcoats
(which rather symmetrically, opened and closed the show) to high-cut necklines.
Swollen organza teamed up with oversized bows while lace touches added elegance
to solid sequined gowns.
Beneath it all were the highly-coveted
Valli corsets, known for creating one of the game’s most flawless
hourglass-shaping silhouettes. Models, even the slightest of them, were granted
hips for the day, oozing elegance, power and sex appeal with every step. In
fact, the entire collection revolved around the waist; cascades of puffed skirt
fell to the knee and in the later stages, when day wear turned to evening, it
fell all the way to the ground, sashaying along the floor like a proud cat
through the jungle.
It was the later stage where Giambattista
really went to town on couture. Ruffled two-toned headpieces, oversized
rose-dotted necklines and a sequined, deep plum pantsuit no doubt drew nodding
heads from the crowd. A celebration of all things womanly, Giambattista had
fun. And it showed.