Roman designer Giambattista Valli began his career under the wing of Italian master Roberto Capucci, famed for his magnificent sculpture dresses. After assignments at Fendi and Krizia, in 1997 he left Italy for Paris, where he worked for Emanuel Ungaro, eventually becoming his successor. Valli debuted his own line in Paris in 2005, quickly founding enthusiast supporters among high-profile socialites. His designs are based on mastery of tailoring, couture-shapes, sharp lines and architectural volumes: “I believe in a certain creative strictness, and aim at creating a distinctive silhouette. Silhouettes, in fact, are memorably piercing. Decoration, instead, is just a souvenir that fades away quickly”.