2009 March 10

Giambattista Valli - Paris Fall 2009

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(PARIS) Some front-rowers lamented the absence of those breathtaking, Volkswagon-sized gowns that enchanted Giambattista Valli's runway last season, but his leaner take on Fall dressing provided a refreshing antidote to all that jazz. With a renewed focus on daywear--well, Valli's version of it--a smattering of shorter, very full overcoats attested to this designer's skill at making even the mundane seem luxurious. But overall, Valli played with an ankle-grazing slouchy tunic dress, belted at the waist, that deserves accolades for being one of the few fresh silhouettes seen this season (even if it does hearken back to Saint Laurent). While some shapes felt extraneous--such as the long leather-on-top, fox-on-the-bottom coat that simply refuses to flatter--the exquisite draped dresses made the case for Valli's versatility. Oh, Stefano Sassi...isn't it worth another shot?