The Italian Embassy in Paris was the perfect location for Giambattista Valli’s fairytale-like show filled with impeccable gowns and dresses — princesses would die of envy — that almost glistened under the classic chandeliers. While others were amazed with how the Italian designer combined old world sensibility and fashion-forward insight in his haute couture collection, we couldn’t stop staring at the intricate accessories the models rocked on the runway.
It wouldn’t be called haute couture if there weren’t ostentatious adornments making a massive impression on the catwalk. At Valli’s show, bouquet-like chokers stole the limelight for they were too arresting — and ginormous —to be ignored. The neckpieces looked more like a cluster of dried flowers and leaves from autumn that were then coated with copper. Then again, those jaw-dropping gilded chokers did add a sense of iridescence to each look.
Besides resting on the models’ décolletages, several pieces were placed on the head that served as headpieces or what we’d like to call, floral crowns. The ornaments also injected a 20th century romance into the visually tantalizing line of dramatic brocade frocks, layered tulle ball gowns, sweeping skirts, and contemporary trousers. Now, we wonder where we can nab one of those chokers.
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