Although this line opens with "nice" looks that would be perfectly acceptable in a ready-to-wear collection, Valli slides a few more couture-esque looks into the mix as it progresses. The show ends, however, with about a dozen elaborate gowns--all of which deserve the title of "showstopper," and all of which demonstrate how much Valli deserves to be an oft repeated name during award season. Still, I'm a little hesitant to grant this collection the title of couture--the work remains a little tame, a little lacking in the theatrics we come to expect.
At the same time, Valli's work shows incredible progress, and as a first couture collection, his is by no means a failure.
Posted by: Carla