Worldly inspirations seem to be a running theme this couture season. Following Dior’s eclectic inspiration, Giambattista Valli showed a collection divided into four segments: Italy’s Capodimonte, France’s Sèvres, Germany’s Meissen and England’s Wedgwood. The result, however, was a cohesive and stunningly awe-inspiring lineup. Even the designer’s minimally embellished looks managed to bring the drama via volume, beautiful pleat work and delicately contrasting fabrics.
That said, Capodimonte is known for its ceramic workshop, and that inspiration is what perhaps came through the strongest. There was nothing over-the-top even when it came to Valli's most dramatic creations. Each look was kept soft, delicate and feminine thanks to the designer’s affinity for floral embroidery, Chantilly lace, silk, organza and sculpted edges.