If it ain’t broke, why fix it? At Giambattista Valli’s little sister label, Giamba, frilly minidresses and separates — always with a dash of naughty — are par for the course. This season, though, Valli was thinking about “cool Snapchat girls” and “West Coast girls,” giving his colorful lineup a whimsical mood that was decidedly less punk than past seasons.
The designer served up plenty of his signature romance with ruffled blouses, lacy skirts, pleated silk chiffon minidresses with macraméd bibs, and a tiered, floral-embroidered high-neck lace gown in bubblegum pink. But he toughened up the frills a bit with an element of playful sport: Think flamingo- or cheetah-printed silk bombers and denim jackets; rainbow-patterned crochet knit tops; jacquard trousers covered in clovers and more flamingos; and even an itty-bitty skirt covered in parrots.