Giambattista Valli shows haute-couture
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Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Gowns with gradated ruffled skirts were accessorised with delicate head scarves in fashion designer Giambattista Valli's haute-couture collection, shown in Paris yesterday.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Giambattista Valli put on one of the most talked-about shows at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with a Mediterranean-themed collection.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014



The show began with black and white striped silk garments, with material gathered into skirts or draped into dresses to create a courtier version of casual poolside attire.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Stripes continued on pencil skirts, some of which featured sheer strips and sequinned panels, creating a 1960s feel.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Flared calf-length skirts on strapless and high-necked dresses took this one step further, referencing the holiday attire of golden-age Hollywood stars.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Tulle dresses were scattered with embroidered and appliqued fabric flowers in purple, yellow, pink, white and green.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Floral patterns covered a series of floor-length silk chiffon dresses, while frilled tops included bunches of purple petals.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Flowing monochrome dresses had long sleeves in black and white, accessorised with golden belts and necklaces.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

A full-length goat-hair cape with black and white patches was worn over one billowing lightweight gown.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Models wore white, or black and white, scarves tied into a knot on top of their head.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

The show closed with gowns that featured collared shirt tops paired with voluminous ruffled chiffon skirts in gradated pastel colours.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014

Italian-born Valli has a studio in Paris and put on his first solo show in the city in 2005. This season's Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week continues until 11 July.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2014