Ever since I started working in the fashion industry Giambattista Valli was one of the ultimate people I wanted to interview. I admire his craft, adore his illustrations and in general can’t get enough of his creations. Luckily enough a couple of seasons ago I was invited to his Couture show in Paris and had the pleasure of getting to see that same collection up close in detail later on in his parisian show room. Mr Valli was also kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time to answer a few of my questions after that breathtaking show and this is what he had to say.
The interview was published in Russian in Buro24/7.ru
Couture seemed to have gone a bit casual lately, Chanel and Dior even presented a whole collection with sneakers, do you relate to that?
Yes, I think it should be more easy today, women are independent and the clothes have to reflect on that. When I design the couture collections now I am using the knowledge, the traditions and the technics of couture but use them in a wearable and effortless way, for me it’s all about the girls who wear them and how they chose to put the pieces together, every woman has her own individual way of wearing my dresses.
How can a woman look glamorous without buying a couture dress?
I think matching colors is a very important thing when it comes to look glamorous, also it’s not important if you wear designer or not it’s all about your attitude, it’s the way you present yourself in the clothes, fashion is a self expression tool for any woman.
Looks like there is a fine line between couture and ready to wear today, do you feel it when you design a collection?
For me fashion is a message, and the message is clear, it doesn’t have to be just black and white, for me it’s all about a mix of colors and textures and making a statement with a dress but Couture is couture and ready to wear is ready to wear for me it’s two separate worlds.
The collection was so colorful, are you that optimistic when it comes to fashion?
I want to be faithful to my customers, in a special occasion a woman doesn’t want to look like a widow or a bride, I want a woman wants to feel special and extravagant when she wears my dresses.
You obviously dress a lot of celebrities and movie starts, do you have the red carpet in mind when you design couture?
No, never I hate red carpet right now!!! I never think of a celebrity when I design, it’s not my aim to dress a celebrity, the last celebrity I dressed was Rihanna for the Grammy’s two years ago and Dian Kruger for Cannes I think it’s nice to dress one celebrity for a very special event that will be remembered for a long time, my aim is not to be seen everywhere but I want to give a memorable moment.