Wedding-Worthy, Porcelain-Inspired Gowns from Giambattista Valli's Fall 2013 Couture Runway Show

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Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Wedding-Worthy Gown

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Last week in Paris, Giambattista Valli sent 39 looks down the runway, each wedding-worthy dress design a spectacular play on light, color and shape. For his fifth couture collection since his debut in 2011, the Italian designer drew inspiration from a classic wedding registry staple—porcelain.

Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Wedding-Worthy Blue Porcelain-Inspired Gown

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

A marriage of embroidery, light-as-air fabrics and artful construction, Valli's couture collection (which could easily walk down the aisle) found it's roots in four European nations and their famed porcelain. The first 8 looks, all gently white and pale violet-grey (with short hems perfect for a daring bride or bridesmaid), were inspired by 18th-century Italian Capodimonte porcelain. English Wedgewood blue followed, with another 8 looks that balanced delicate floral appliques with strong waist-cinching belts by Luigi Scialanga—all of which make for whimsical, fashion-forward wedding dress designs.

Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Wedding-Worthy Red Porcelain-Inspired Gown

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

The climax of the couture presentation found it's energy in poppy red gowns à la France's Sèvres porcelain; blossoms trailed down translucent tulle trumpet skirts, and draped off shoulders of gathered silk. The final looks of the collection brilliantly captured the flora and fauna of German Meissen porcelain, with appliques adorning bodices made for the aisle.

Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Wedding-Worthy Peplum Porcelain-Inspired Gown

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Valli is not stranger to the wedding world—he collaborated with the house of Missoni to provide couture counseling to Margherita Missoni's gown of antique lace for her June 2012 wedding, and most recently designed Jessica Biel's rose pink gown for her Italian wedding to Justin Timberlake last year.

Below, a few more of our favorite couture gowns from the collection:

Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Wedding-Worthy Red Porcelain-Inspired Gown Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Wedding-Worthy Short Porcelain-Inspired Gown Giambattista Valli Fall 2013 Couture Wedding-Worthy Blue Porcelain-Inspired Gown

Photos: Yannis Vlamos

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