Whimsical and ethereal, the Giambattista Valli Spring 2015 collection is pretty much what my couture dreams are made of, reminiscent of cotton candy and with an undeniable femininity and edgy elegance that reminds me why I fell in love with fashion in the first place. It's all in the details: Layers of frothy tulle, appliqué flower embellishments, full midi skirts cinched with rhinestone and floral detailed belts, intricate metallic kissed brocade, and those bow headpieces with the sheer polka dots already have me dreaming up a DIY that's slightly more wearable for every day.
Inspired by the Metropolitan Museum's Impossible Conversations, a "dialogue" between Elsa Schiaperelli and Miuccia Prada, this collection was created by Giambattista Valli with the hope of creating an impossible conversation between Coco Chanel and Janis Joplin. I love the idea of this juxtaposition between the two style icons, asserting their free-spiritedness through personal style in two very different ways: Coco with her little jackets that took a feminine approach to menswear, often in a pastel palette, and Janis with her tendency towards layering cocktail dresses over pants, and of course lending that rock and roll edge that keeps this collection from being too sweet.
As we begin to daydream about spring collections and how our own style might be influenced by the runways, I'd say Giambattista Valli has provided us with the perfect dose of inspiration to get us started.