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Somehow, most haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013 collections showcased during Paris Fashion Week were drenched in flowers. Flowers of every shape and smell. Flowers to suit each and every taste.
Giambattista Valli was no exception. However, this floral inspiration was very subtle in the first half of the show, where different densities of black were all over the place. Soft yet defined volumetrics blossomed from tulles, animal prints and reticulated fabrics, replicating the small canals structuring a flower petal. Mostly shaped like bells, the silhouettes claimed generous hips and wasp waists.
In one way or another, all the volumes resembled flowers. The 50's-inspired full skirts seemed more open and mature flowers. The tapering coats and skirts mimicked young buttons ready to flourish. The cape-dresses were closer to cup and bell shaped wild flowers. At last, big peplums, exaggerated by lush leafy trains, recreated the most splendorous blossoms.
After the blacks, Giambattista brought in all the romance flowers represent. Each dress was a pastel explosion of countess petals, precious jewels, pieces of dreams and love poems.
All was light and mild as a spring breeze wondering through a spontaneous garden while embodying traces of its delicate perfume. The floating silks, the dancing shines and the fascinating flowers-gone-jewels accessories pointed to a same refreshing and calm direction. All was bucolic and a tempting escape to an idyllic garden where charming nymphs and enchanting fairies lived, breathing the finest beauty in its purest state.