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Paris Fashion Week: Floral Prints and High Collars Grace Giambattista Valli's Runway

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Gigi Hadid on the Giambattista Valli fall 2016 runway.

Ladylike dressing with a twist.

Giambattista Valli kept it prim and proper for Paris Fashion Week.

One can't help but feel as if designers are throwing ideas at the wall, hoping something will stick. This season it’s India, next season it’s Studio 54, with no continuity of vision from one season to the next. Valli sticks with his vision of ladylike dressing with a twist.

He carried over several ideas from his couture collection, including the high ruffled collar and expanded on the bolder embroidered bouquets of that season to create lighter floral prints.

Models wore floaty skirts in varying lengths, but of course nothing higher than that good old Catholic school measurement of a student ID card between your hem and your knee; anything more mini would appear too vulgar. The light and airy texture kept some of the graphic prints from feeling too overwhelming. Valli's color pattern was mostly black and white, with dashes of pastels in the embroidery, and two bold red dresses that are surely destined for the red carpet.

Each look was anchored by a bold strapped boot, which added a dose of needed toughness to keep the collection from becoming too saccharine. Floral printed bomber jackets added another element of casualness and youth to what could have veered into the vaguely Victorian.

Valli, who is a red-carpet staple for fans including Diane Kruger and Jessica Alba, showed voluminous tulle skirts during couture. Here, his full-length dresses were more streamlined, including the final look of a sheer gauzy gown worn by Gigi Hadid topped with sparkling rhinestone brows.

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