NEW YORK, Oct 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
This Wednesday, Macy's (NYSE:M) will debut the new Giambattista Valli collection, the fourth in the retailer's series of limited-edition, designer capsules created exclusively for its Impulse department. Fêted for his effortless glamour, versatility and innate sense of "what women want," Giambattista Valli's first-ever collaboration will bring ultra-feminine, jet-set style to the affordable fashion arena for the holiday season. Featuring sequin-encrusted jackets, soutaché dresses and flirty blouses, "Giambattista Valli for Impulse only at Macy's" will be sold in approximately 225 Macy's stores nationwide and on macys.com/impulse beginning Oct. 26.
"This collection is a passport into my world and a chance to experience my Couture House and Paris itself," said Giambattista Valli. "Each dress is a collector's piece and an invitation to join my exclusive group of 'Valli girls.'"
The Giambattista Valli capsule is a true reflection of the designer's trademark sensibility and creative flourishes that have made him an international sensation. Featuring gloriously feminine fabrics and bold prints, the collection is grounded in red and black with gold, grey and fuchsia infused throughout. Priced on average from $50-$150, the line will feature cocktail dresses, flirty skirts, feminine blouses and lightweight jackets in key textures such as lace, tweed, brocade, faux fur and point d'esprit tulle.
"We are thrilled to have Giambattista Valli's limited-edition collection at Macy's," said Jeff Gennette, Macy's chief merchandising officer. "His design is synonymous with the overtly feminine and unapologetically luxurious, and these collectible pieces offer his authentic style to a customer who craves high-end fashion at an incredible price."
To welcome the arrival of Valli's exclusive collection, Macy's will host a celebratory launch event at its New York flagship, Herald Square, at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Impulse department on the 2nd floor.
For more information about the designer capsule collection series, please visit www.macys.com/pressroom. Beginning Oct. 26, 2011, Macy's customers can purchase the "Giambattista Valli for Impulse only at Macy's" collection at www.macys.com/impulse.
Born and raised in Rome, Giambattista Valli studied at the Istituto Europeo del Design and Central St. Martin's School of Arts in London. Returning to Italy, he studied under Roberto Capucci for two years and was introduced to the dramatic haute-couture clothes and the bursting colors of the Roman master. Following that period, the Fendi family called him to oversee, as Senior Designer, the newly born Fendissime Line. Appointed Senior Designer for Krizia in 1995, Valli quickly made his two great dreams become a reality in 1997. After moving to Paris to pursue the opportunity to combine his prêt-à-porter and couture sensibilities, he met Emanuel Ungaro, for whom he headed the design studio alongside until 2001. Launching his own collection in March 2005, Valli held his first solo show in Paris. Showing twice a year during Paris Fashion Week, his collections are sought after by international style icons who have rapidly endorsed his talent by wearing his clothes.
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks(R) and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R), as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.
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Released October 24, 2011