Giambattista Valli for Macy's

 

Macy’s announces Giambattista Valli as the fourth designer in its collaboration series to create a capsule collection.

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Maria Tettamanti

Ciao, my fashion darlings.

Macy’s just dropped another chic fashion bomb — Giambattista Valli will be the fourth designer in its collaboration series to create a capsule collection for the retailer’s fashion “Impulse” department later this fall!

Known for extravagant designs and great party dresses, the collection will be Valli’s first foray into affordable fashion. Launching on October 26 with limited-edition women’s apparel pieces, the “Giambattista Valli for Impulse Only at Macy’s” collection will be sold in approximately 225 Macy’s stores nationwide and on macys.com. Valli’s unique style and signature craftsmanship is fully reflected in this bold collection that features everything from sequin encrusted jackets to a soutache dress.  

“This capsule reflects my enduring loves, but is really a celebration of my biggest inspiration of all — the energy and vitality of women themselves,” Valli says. “I love dressing them for all their happiest moments, making them feel as special as possible. This collection is a passport into my world and a chance to experience the passion and romance of my house and Paris itself."

The Giambattista Valli capsule reflects the designer's best-loved hallmarks and flourishes that have made him an international sensation and chosen couturier for the world's most fabulous young women. Featuring gloriously feminine fabrics, bold prints, and his famous riotous color, the collection is grounded in red and black with gold, grey and fuchsia infused throughout. Priced on average from $50 to $150, the line will feature cocktail dresses, flirty skirts, feminine blouses, lightweight jackets, edgy pants and graphic t-shirts. Key textures like lace, tweed, brocade, faux fur and point d'esprit tulle will capture the designer’s celebrated stylistic sensibilities. In addition, the combination of Valli’s master tailoring and keen eye for print, color and volume results in a collection that clearly reflects his signature aesthetic.

Born and raised in Rome, Valli has been influenced by his heritage, the movies of Antonioni and inspired by French fashion through the watercolors of Yves Saint Laurent and the drawings of Gruau. Pursuing his dream, Valli enrolled in the Istituto Europeo del Design in1986 and then in an illustration class at Central St. Martin's School of Arts in London in1987. Returning to Italy, he studied under Roberto Capucci and was introduced to the dramatic haute couture clothes and the bursting colors of the Roman master. After a two year period with Capucci, the Fendi family called him to oversee, as Senior Designer, the newly born Fendissime Line. There he experimented with prêt-à-porter in the world of the young, hip Roman clientele. Travelling restlessly between collections, he filled his imagination and mind continuously with the many influences of India’s Mina's songs, New York with Halston, Antonio Lopez and Bianca Jagger, Paris with Jeanne Moreau, Fellini's costumes and the women of the café society who would become an important source of inspiration for the times to come.

Appointed Senior Designer for Krizia in1995, Valli then quickly made his two great dreams became a reality in 1997. After moving to Paris and the opportunity to combine his prêt-à-porter and couture sensibilities, he met Emanuel Ungaro, for whom he headed the design studio alongside until 2001. Launching his own collection in March 2005, Valli held his first solo show in Paris. Showing twice a year during Paris Fashion Week, his collections are sought after by international style icons who have rapidly endorsed his talent by wearing his clothes.

Miami, get ready to be Valli Girls.

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