Giambattista Valli has taken Shanghai by storm with a week full of fashion events culminating in the haute couture event that brought a little piece of Paris to Shanghai.
The event was Valli’s first large-scale haute couture show outside of Paris, but he won’t be missing the comforts of home. In fact, the designer recreated his Paris office and salon, formerly the home of Louis XIV’s court composer, Giambattista Lulli, as the set piece for his 40-look show, according to Style.com.
The show featured 40 looks, including two Shanghai-exclusive ball gowns that closed the show that were influenced by the hues and floral motifs of Ming and Qing dynasty porcelain. Valli spent several days ahead of the event scouting local talent agencies to find models for the all-Asian final show. Top models Du Juan and Liu Wen, as well as newcomer Yuan Bo Chao, walked in the show.
“Shanghai, at the moment, has that kind of fresh energy that I was feeling over 20 years ago in New York,” Valli said. “You feel lifted up. You meet people who have dreams—they want new things, new stories, new music, new fashion. There’s this kind of freshness and attitude. To be in this business, I think you have a privilege to do it, and it’s nice to share it. I don’t want to impose my culture, I just want to melt the two.”
The post-show party was held at Le Baron in Shanghai to celebrate Valli’s new line, Giamba, and was hosted by Italian socialite Bianca Brandolini, PR guru Melvin Chua, and Le Baron owner André Saraiva.
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