World-famous Haute Couture and ready-to-wear designer Giambattista Valli will debut its bridal collection on the runway for the first time, and he has chosen the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week as the stage for this occasion. The maison is a favourite among of the stars of international red carpets and Mr Valli has just been made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of the highest honours awarded by the French Republic.
The catwalk will preview the designer’s creations from his third Love Collection, as well as some staple designs. It will take place during the Barcelona Bridal Night, the show’s gala event, held on April 17th, 2024 at an emblematic city venue.
In the last two editions, this special event hosted the shows of other internationally renowned brands, including Elie Saab and Viktor&Rolf, who revealed their collections to buyers, fashion industry professionals, influencers, celebrities and media outlets gathered in Barcelona for the occasion.
According to Giambattista Valli, “Barcelona is the bridal fashion capital of the world and staging a fashion show here is the natural evolution for my Love Collection and it will give the chance to better narrate my vision on the best stage possible”.
Along these lines, BBFW Director Albasarí Caro, said: “It’s an absolute privilege for the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week to welcome one of the most beloved Haute Couture and international fashion firms. Its participation will strategically position Barcelona as a destination for haute couture brands beyond Paris”.
The most French of Italian designers
Born in Rome, Giambattista Valli studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. After working for luxury brands Roberto Capucci and Fendi in the Italian capital, he moved to Paris in 1997 to complete his training with designer Emanuel Ungaro and then took on the creative management of the prêt-à-porter line of the prestigious French firm.
In 2005, he founded his own maison, creating designs inspired by “eternal, timeless and natural” fashion that brought a new approach to the world of luxury and beauty. Valli thus conquered highly modern, international and sophisticated women, who remain faithful to the brand and its interpretation of elegance and glamour, including Hollywood stars and personalities such as Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Queen Rania of Jordan, Ariana Grande, Kendall Jenner, Zendaya, Jennifer López and Fan BingBing.
Giambattista Valli, regarded in some media as “the most French Italian designer”, is one of the few non-French artists granted membership of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, gaining admission to the exclusive world of the firms regarded as haute couture in 2011. His numerous international accolades include the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2017, one of the highest honours awarded by the French Republic and presented to him last month at a ceremony in Paris.
In 2021, after designing and crafting wedding dresses for some of his most special clients, including Charlotte Casiraghi’s for her religious wedding, he launched his The Love Collection bridal line, which reflects the delicately romantic, feminine and innovative DNA that characterises his firm, making it one of the most recognisable and admired brands on the international stage.
BBFW 2024 is Now
Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week (BBFW), organised by Fira de Barcelona with the support of the Ministry of Business and Labour of the Government of Catalonia, is the world’s leading bridal fashion. Under the theme Now and boasting a daring image created by artificial intelligence, the preparations for the 2024 event are already underway. Held at the Montjuïc venue, it will showcase the collections of major fashion brands, haute couture firms and new talents. In addition to the catwalk, set to host the designers’ shows between 17 and 20 April, the event will present the creations of over 300 brands, mostly from abroad, at its tradeshow which, from 19 to 21 April, will become an international business and networking hub for leading professionals, buyers, entrepreneurs and designers from the bridal universe.