Allow me to light a fire under you to get to the nearest Macy's and swoop up at least one Giambattista Valli for Macy's party dress — or leopard tuxedo pant — for the holidays. Here are your directions: Impulse department, or lift a finger at www.macys.com/impulse, veer right, sharp left, look out for the draped and ruffled, dead sexy confections in ruby red, classic black, and glamorous leopard.
While this is Macy's fourth designer installment, this is the Roman's first venture into affordable luxury. Since 2005, Valli has wowed with his flamboyant, yet chic, Italian sensibility. He has brought his signature flounces and vivid hues to Macy's for a 30-piece limited-edition collection priced between $50-$150.
Leopard dress ($129), Lace dress ($129)
“This capsule reflects my enduring loves, but is really a celebration of my biggest inspiration of all - the energy and vitality of women themselves,” said Giambattista Valli. “I love dressing them for all their happiest moments, making them feel as special as possible. This collection is a passport into my world and a chance to experience the passion and romance of my house and Paris itself."
Alongside irresistible dresses, you'll find ruffled skirts, silky blouses, sequin details, lightweight jackets, statement pants, and graphic tees. Fabrics like lace, tweed, brocade, faux fur, and point d'esprit tulle bring the opulence. An attention to tailoring rounds out the vivacious collection.
Next up for Macy's: Doo-Ri in February 2012.
Samantha Durbin (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a California lifestyle writer who honed her blogging skills as Editor of FabSugar.com. Samantha graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology, and also writes for 7x7 Magazine and Gilt City.