“Books are my opium.” – Giambattista Valli
I have a soft spot for Italian men, and Giambattista Valli epitomizes why I find myself attracted to them. Sure, he’s handsome, speaks Italian, French and English, and loves books, but his website tells us more. He’s obsessed with Fellini’s films and costume drawings, and the first thing he lists in his chronology is Visconti’s movie, Il Gatopardo (The Leopard), specifically Claude Cardinale’s laughter. How could I not be smitten? But I digress.
Giambattista Valli created a visually stunning collection that I appreciate for its artistry, creativity, and beauty. The first gown shown below is stunning – the scarlet color is deeply hued and the top reminds me of a dahlia in bloom. The green gown looks so original its collar reminiscent of flower petals sewn together with a muted, textured print. Stunning. The black outfit is interesting – it’s the best version of a carwash skirt I’ve seen in years and I like the warm, homey looking sweater with it; it’s a fun juxtaposition.
The last photo is a wonderful gold scarab cuff crafted by Valli’s partner and collaborator, Luigi Scialanga. I think it’d go nicely with most everything I own.