Mine, would have to be "Giambattista Valli". A true talent, and am always a fan of the man. He has always been breaking the conventional view on elegance. And by that, I mean Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Elie Saab, amoung others, the big time red carpet gown designers.
Giambattista's able to make a hideous silhouette look gorgeous and feminine. He's able to make really intricate jutted details look soft. That's Giambattista Valli.
But when this season of Pre-fall 09 collection came, not many people handed in their votes for the man. Personally, I think that the whole collection still embodies the aesthetics of Valli. Just that maybe the effort of adding new elements doesn't work that much this time round. See if you can spot what I mean...
Yes (or no), I meant the PRINTS. The obvious prints to be exact. Valli hardly does any prints, even if he does, it's minimal and acting like a camoflage. Much like marble for example.
This collection, Valli experiment with the classic(and dangerous) leopard print, which looked overpowering and timed.
But other than that, this is another classic work from Giambattista Valli. Also loving the puffed cuffs from the pieces.