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After only recently achieving couture status following just one season, Giambattista Valli has shot to the front of the class in Paris. Via a celebration of what he referred to as "the art of the atelier," his Spring 2012 couture collection was created with the elite in mind.

Shifting his show to Paris's Hotel de Crillon, Valli looked confident in his second couture collection unveiling black-and-white dresses, skirts and jackets embroidered in a French-inspired style. The collection consisted of mostly evening wear pieces such as frocks that folded into bows at the neckline and oversized ruffles. He also incorporated soft textures including polka-dot chiffon, layers of lace, rosettes and romantic sweepings of organza.

Despite the mostly monochrome palette, Valli didn't give up on colour entirely. He also threw in bursts of pink from pastel to fuchsia and plum. Many items were also nipped in at the waist, echoing Dior's signature shape. As only his second couture outing this was a solid offering which certainly showed that he could flex his fashion muscle.

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