Grown up Girlie by Giambattista Valli

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Inspired by the romance of love stories, Giambattista Valli took a balanced approach with his own heroine, who was secure enough in herself to pull off all of the sophistication and delicacy afforded to his wearable SS13 collection, without the need for fuss and frills that come with drama and his traditional couture shapes. Neat and simple tailoring found its way onto single-breasted jackets and cropped trousers, which made use of the shortened length favoured this season. Shapes up top were also cropped, broadening into square shapes above draped Grecian tulip skirts. The jumpsuits and skirt and jacket combinations, in classic white, grey and black, could have been the description for a demure workwear wardrobe of any high-flying city girl but those feminine touches pulled it back to the catwalk quality we were expecting from the designer.

Those decorative embellishments crept in with a sheer overlay here and some jewels strewn there. It was pared back and minimal, but sexy with it, as black sheer served as a sleeveless top to a pencil skirt and separates were crafted of fabrics that billowed and ruched and folded against the body with elegance and beauty. Golden tin foil metallics came in longer coats and bands wrapped around the hem of dresses and skirts. Lace prevented plunging backlines from being anything but refined and introduced a burst of colour with crimson lace introducing the advent of red in the muted palette, later saturating bolero-style jackets and sheer slip skirts. It was mature and controlled, the love story arriving at its resolution leaving all the messy drama behind and looking ahead to a happy ending.

Catwalk images: copyright vogue.co.uk

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