The Pre-Fall offering for this kicky younger-sister line had a Pop sensibility that went beyond junk food, or, as Valli said, “a Pop side with a little patch of punk.”
His eternally young girl is imagined at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan or in a Parisian nighlife in the ’80’s, in flirty skirts and mini dresses in silk chiffon with high collars and ruffle. Embellishments with leopard prints, butterflies, stars and embroidery evoked childlike naivete, but with the Mod oversized coats, faux leather in black, and the eco fur proved that the woman Giamba is not so innocent.
“There are no rules; she looks like this in the morning, too,” Valli said. “It’s kinky-chic,” continued Valli, “but with an easygoing attitude. Every piece can be mixed into your wardrobe; I was thinking about the Valli customer with young babies, going to pick them up at school . . . It’s effortless but with style.”
Make no mistake, the designer’s trademark Valli-girl party dresses remain, but there was a certain laid-back accessibility to boyfriend-fit oversize hoodies and shaggy faux-fur coats that did not necessarily exist in the lacy embroidered frills that came before.