Haute Couture - Giambattista Valli AW12 4_edited-1.jpgGiambattista Valli has soared ahead by achieving couture status after just one season.

The designer was welcomed into the couture club after its governing body, Fédération Française de la Couture, granted the Italian designer full couture appellation. This means he has jumped the five year waiting period, which is the usual amount of time before designers gain couture status.

Valli unveiled his first couture collection in July. In front of an A-list front row including Anna Wintour, Olivia Palermo and Daphne Guinness, he presented chiffon tiered gowns, long animal print capes and ruffled cocktail dresses. This was coupled with plenty of Valli's signature embellishment such as ostrich feathers, red coral crystal beading, and sequins.

Check out our review of the collection here.

"It was clear from his show [in July] that he has caught the attention of a new generation of customers, and he immediately took important orders for his couture... it's true that the haute couture appellation gives him legitimacy, but objectively speaking, he is already part of the system," said Didier Grumbach, president of France's Chambre Syndicale.

[via Elle UK]