Browsing the Internet one day, I stumbled across a pre-fall 2016 runway collection that sparked my interest. Giambattista Valli’s airy pastel colors caught my eye, but the knits and furs drew me in closer, and before I knew it, I had been gawking at the collection for over an hour. Valli’s collection is as retro as it is romantic (my two favorite things) with a dash of whim and femininity. He uses multiple tones of red and purple throughout the collection, keeping them light enough as to not weigh the model down, but adds pops of black and dark red to keep them grounded and balanced.
The ’70s-inspired cuts in the pants, along with chiffon ruffles in the skirts and dresses, amount to a cloud like ease and flow, adding movement throughout the collection. Valli even manages to soften the rough edges of classic tweed suits, a personal favorite, by pairing the coarse pants with dramatic, yet fabulous, fur vests that trickle over them much like a creek rolls over rocks.
I took a lot of elements in Valli’s collection and winterized them for a light, feminine look. His use of knits and furs can be seen combined in my fuzzy sweater, a piece that I truly believe can do no wrong. I added a light pink blazer overtop for some more color, as can be seen in quite a few of Valli’s full pant suits. I also utilized the designer’s vision of light and dark by wearing pastels on the top and cutting through the cakey mixture with a basic black dress pant/legging hybrid and black booties to match.
I used Pantone’s not one, but two colors of the year in my look, rose quartz and serenity (or light pink and light blue), an added bonus for any Fashionista looking to take their style a step further. Then, as a personal touch, I added some pretty accessories to convey the lightheartedness I felt while looking at Valli’s collection, like a long necklace with a feather pendant and a unique marble stone ring. The purse I’m wearing, one of my favorites, is one I found at a resale shop in West Virginia. I’ll be honest, it’s probably the best money I’ve ever spent.