Giambattista Valli chose the Italian Embassy in Paris as the location to unveil his Spring / Summer 2013 Haute Couture collection. Sticking to a palette of mostly black, white and frothy pink, the Rome-born designer presented a mixture of a romantic fairytale and modern sculpture.

A series of sleek evening coats signalled the beginning of the show. The black-and-white animal print designs were straight-lined and pulled in at the middle. With flora and fauna the central theme of this collection, Valli was keen to distinguish his couture line as something whimsical. Something he perhaps may have drummed up in his younger years.

"I wanted to separate my more industrially designed ready-to-wear from my couture," he said. "It's the kind of fantasy couture I dreamed of making when I was a student."

Before long Valli's fantasy took flight with voluminous gowns wafting down the catwalk. Princess styles were concocted in powder pinks, white and bursts of sunflower yellow. Dresses were adorned with appliqué flowers and sported uneven hemlines. Some gowns were deceiving, with long heavy trains concealing a pair of slim cropped trousers hiding beneath. This provided a modern, fresh take on the classic sweeping evening number. A clever and rather cheeky play on the traditional ball gown.

Browse through a few of our highlights from the Giambattista Valli Haute Couture SS13 show in the gallery above.