Giambattista Valli is synonymous with the kind of feminine dressing best described as pretty, put together and chic

His name is synonymous with the kind of feminine dressing best described as pretty, put together and chic.

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On Giambattista Valli’s nightstand is a much-read copy of The Pillow Book. Completed in 1002 by Sei Shonagon, a court lady to the Japanese Empress Consort Teishi, it is an intimate diary of a luxurious life. “The way she celebrated the sense of privilege of being a woman feels still so modern; it always inspires me,” he explained. “It’s about the feel of being at ease with your femininity, about an uninhibited, décontracté approach to beauty. It’s an inner confident posture.”

Valli’s clients certainly have confidence in spades. Yet what’s good about his clothes is that they give you a certain confidence even if you’re not a cover girl. He outfits powerful women in politics, finance, and business, whose dress codes wouldn’t be usually associated with his hyperfeminine aesthetic. “They don’t give up their privilege of being women because they’re in power,” he said. “They certainly don’t want to camouflage as men—and they don’t need to.” (vogue.com)

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