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Giambattista Valli’s follow-up to fall’s memorable, pajama-inspired couture collection did not feature anything one could comfortably fall asleep in, but it wasn’t all voluminous eveningwear, and it did have an irreverent edge.

Dresses and skirts made with copious amounts of tulle were styled over pants — yes, pants — sometimes with blazers, in a way that was reminiscent of Dior, but the floral prints and embroideries were distinctly Valli. Elsewhere, Victorian collars and fur duster coats had a rock ‘n roll feel.

Still, there was no dearth of Valli’s signature unabashed pretty femininity: 3-D floral embroideries, ostrich feathers and tea-length frocks abounded.

Photo by Giovanni Giannoni

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