The press is always so inordinately hard on designers who are too retro-referential, but I’ve frankly never understood why it’s so necessary to be modern. I love retro, and with the runways looking so silhouette-less, a striking retro-glam frock is a sight for sore eyes. Giambattista Valli’s recent show in Paris is a very pretty-in-guipure rendition of the New Look halcyon days of the ’50s. The fellow just drips couture and artfully blends both lean and voluminous lines. I plan to copy every look to my look book and am already making sketches in my head of Valli-inspired jackets. Get your glam on here.
Couture Club: Giambattista Valli Goes Retro October 5, 2008