What happens when a designer known for making feminine clothing borrows from the boys? For Fall 2013, Giambattista Valli fused his womanly aesthetic with sporty menswear staples like parkas, sweatshirts, and sneakers.
But an ode to androgyny this was not. The first few looks down the runway, mostly white and cream, combined garments like a safari vest with a chiffon cocktail dress, or paired a skirt in the floaty material with a crisp white shirt and an overcoat with a fur-lined hood. That dichotomy played out through the rest of the show, with Valli eventually succumbing to his penchant for glamorous women's clothing. A suit in a floral print was paired with a shirt whose ruffles spilled out of the blazer, and the last few looks served up the kind of sparkly red-carpet glamour Valli is known for.