Whimsical gowns from Giambattista Valli's H&M collection took over at the amfAR Gala in Cannes

H.E.R attends the amfAR Gala in Cannes
H.E.R attends the amfAR Gala in Cannes

Giambattista Valli has been praised as a designer who "makes things for the world his women live in". This is something that's clear from the Hollywood glamour heavyweights who've wowed on red carpets in his creations over the years - from Rihanna to Lupita Nyong'o to Kendall Jenner. 

READ MORE: 8 of Giambattista Valli's most jaw-dropping red carpet creations 

So anyone who's been gushing over Valli red carpet offerings in all their frilly splendour will be beyond elated to know that the Italian designer is the latest designer to collaborate with H&M for a limited collection, adding to the fashion retailer's arsenal of luxury collections which includes Moschino, Erdem, Kenzo and Balmain. 

READ MORE: Here's a first look at this new collection that will make the perfect wardrobe to take with you on your next solo adventure

The news of this collaboration was announced at the amfAR Gala in Cannes, where the "master of beauty and sophistication" was in attendance with his muses who debuted pre-drop looks from this collection.

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: XXX attends the amf

In an exclusive with H&M, Giamba - as he's affectionately known by friends - introduced his work to the H&M public by saying, "my creations are easy to wear and easy to interpret. More than dresses, I see them as a means to create a dialogue with my clients. I design for a living body, not for a lifeless mannequin”. 

The Italian designer described this unthemed collection as "a summary of my style made up of pieces anyone can interpret as they wish. There’s no real narrative, but there is a sense of fluidity between menswear and womenswear".

So let's meet the mannequins who breathed life oh-so-elegantly into the Giambattista Valli x H&M collection at the amfAR Gala last night:


This R&B sensation never forgets her red carpet sunglasses. And if ever you have to buy your wedding gown at a fashion retailer, it should be this dreamy Giambattista Valli x H&M dress. 

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: H.E.R attends the a

Kendall Jenner & Chris Lee (Li Yuchun)

The tiered tulle gown is one of Valli's signature designs.

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Kendall Jenner atte
CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Chris Lee attends t

Bianca Brandolini d´Adda

These exaggerated frill sleeves are an example of exactly what we meant when we said maximalism is back. 

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: XXX attends the amf

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Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert 

This Giambattista Valli gown is not part of the H&M collection, but it's certainly worth a nod... or five.

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: and Giovanna Battag

The Giambattista Valli x H&M collection will be available in South Africa on the 7th of November 2019.

Bonus looks

They may not be Valli wonders, but these three voluminous gowns captivated us nonetheless.

Dua Lipa

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Dua Lipa attends th

Sara Sampaio

Ruffling feathers in Armani.

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Sara Sampaio attend

Jasmine Tookes

CAP DANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Jasmine Tookes atte

Images: Getty and H&M

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