Giambattista Valli has never created clothing for men. For the first time, the Valli Girls will meet their Valli Boys.
The collection is a selection of timeless items meant to be mixed and matched. The animal patterns, flower motifs, punk allure and military glamour suggests an eclectic vision of masculine style.
Statement outerwear. The pieces that make the strongest impact, and perfectly capture the masculine/feminine spirit of the collection, are the coats, parkas and blousons. The leopard spots long coat and the embroidered black riding coat sum up Valli’s approach to menswear.
The embroidered tailcoat is an homage to the jacket worn by French intellectuals and artists when they join the Académie Française. High uniform embroideries elevate and glamorize a bleached denim jacket.
Eclectic tailoring. A master when it comes to precise lines, Giambattista Valli offered his own vision of sharp tailoring with an eclectic vibe in the collaboration with H&M. Central is the double-breasted blazer, which comes in a rather surprising tiger print, and is meant to be worn with cargo pants, dressed down instead than up. The sharp dress shirts are equally surprising.
Eccentric everyday wear. A designer with an unremitting point of view on everything, Giambattista Valli gave his own, precious spin to basic everyday items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies. The central piece here is a black sweatshirt with an art print and an embroidered string of white pearls around the neck, identical to the one Giambattista wears everyday: a veritable feat of ease and sophistication.
Accessories. There is a bit of autobiography to the accessories selection: Giambattista Valli hand-picked some of his own favorite items to complement the collection. Not only are the boots and the crepe-soled lace-ups identical to the ones the designer wears, but so are the sport socks – which come in white, black, flower and leopard prints – the sunglasses and of course the string of white pearls, which are a whimsical signature touch.