You can't say Giambattista Valli doesn't like flowers. For his Fall 2013 Couture collection, Valli sent out an array of beautifully constructed dresses adorned with a variety of floral appliqués.
But these blooms weren't directly inspired by nature. Rather, Valli took his cues from the decorations of fine china and porcelain. Italian Capodimonte works came to life in a selection of white dresses, while Wedgwood's famous patterns inspired a number of blue and white looks. The red gowns were an homage to Sèvres, and the multicolored embroidery in the show reflected the spirited look of Meissen crafts. It would almost be irresponsible not to point out that this collection is primed for jokes about fashion plates, but the dresses are quite seriously beautiful.