This was the best collection from the couture shows in Paris, in my opinion. Drop dead gorgeous. And exactly what a couture collection should be - ultra glamorous, supremely luxurious and three parts fantasy to one part wearable. Giambattista Valli has designed pieces we could wear (well, almost) everyday and plenty of pieces we can dream of wearing (floor-length bright pastel tulle gowns, say) and I think it's an inspiring line, encouraging us to be imaginative and bring the chic, vintage, holidaying-on-the-Riviera feel of the collection to our own wardrobes.
The Italian-born French designer took a step back in time with shapes and cuts from the 1940s, 50s and 60s (the finest fashion decades?) and playing with proportions as he always does, with full crinoline skirts and floor-sweeping dresses, luxe materials like satin, sheer fabrics and crisp white cotton shirts (nice modern contrast), slouchy pyjama stripes and chic, relaxed silhouettes, feminine floral embroidery and an elegant colour palette finished with headscarf turbans and retro round sunglasses. Oh, the glamour.