Though I love the look of toughness that so many girls effortlessly pull off, I inevitably always find myself gravitating back to the girlier side of fashion. Leather jackets are awesome, but pastels and pretty florals have a special place in my heart. Many of the runway shows as of late have been quite the opposite, with the minimalist trend reigning supreme and girlish details taking a back seat. However, Giambattista Valli had my back (as he always does), and his spring 2014 collection was a testament to the beauty of all things feminine.
While Valli’s show was undeniably pretty, the clothing had much more to it than it may have at first seemed. At first glance, the obvious details of the collection grabbed all the attention, with beautiful pleats, silky fabrics and cascading florals taking center stage. Looking a bit closer, however, reveals an entirely new dimension. Valli utilizes the most minute of details in his clothing, with small golden cords cinched around waists, luxurious fur lining and hand painted stripes being just a few examples of his genius. Ever the fashion genius, Valli uses the concept of contrast to his advantage, pairing the most feminine of elements with the forces of nature — arguably the toughest element of them all. Fabrics made to give the illusion of wood and stone were weaved flawlessly into the collection, bringing the ethereal collection back down to earth. With the array of stunning silhouettes, the mix of fabrics and the attention to detail, Valli’s spring 2014 show was a true testament to the idea that fashion is wearable art, which in my opinion is the best kind.
As much as I loved Giambattista Valli’s spring 2014 show, turning his artwork into an outfit of my own proved a much more daunting task than admiring Valli’s clothing from afar. Because of this, I knew that I needed a statement piece for my outfit; one that stood out and embodied the essence of Valli’s collection. For this, I chose a collared blouse that I felt brought many elements of the show into one piece. The pleated peplum brought some of the beautiful structure that Valli so flawlessly mastered, and the stripes made of tiny holes covering the blouse are reminiscent of the exhaustive details that Valli so wonderfully incorporated into his clothing. My lavender pencil skirt brings some of the muted colors of the collection, as well as the simple silhouette that made several appearances throughout the show, giving my outfit a modest, ladylike look that many of Valli’s outfits were based on. To complete my outfit, I chose a pair of chunky peep toe boots with wooden heels to incorporate the theme of nature that makes Valli’s collection so perfect.