It was already the hottest ticket in couture week but Giambattista Valli exceeded even the hyped expectations of the fashion crowd with an astonishing debut couture collection. From the genius simplicity of the “blouse de cabine”, the white poplin shirtdress worn by atelier workers, which he teamed with a black lame tweed skirt, to a draped chiffon ball gown with matching full length cape, Valli confidently presented 45 looks that all deserved the often overused description of “couture”. There was workmanship galore: real coral and sequin-encrusted jackets, crystal beaded dresses, lurex tweed infused with ostrich feathers and acres of masterful embroidery, drapery and needle-work. In a sophisticated palette of black and white – with flashes of red a la Valentino – this was signature Valli with an upgrade in terms of the “metier” that he is so passionate about. He’s been called the modern face of La Dolce Vita but Giambattista Valli is – in our opinion – the future face of couture.

On the spirit of his couture collection:
"Part my Roman side, and part Parisian. I want to do timeless, seasonless things that look easy and contemporary—but faultless."

On his muses:
"I can see Charlotte Dellal there, Lee Radziwill here, Bianca and Rihanna here—and of course, that's Charlotte Casiraghi."

On his move into couture:
"It's something so natural to me—it’s part of my knowledge and culture. And, I've built it myself, step by step. No backers, no nothing."

On his gilded belts:
“Like the arms of a man ’round the waist.”