Giambattista Valli used to work at Ungaro. When he was about to show his first collection there were some murmurs within the fashion pack that he was merely a ventriloquist for Ungaro's voice. What, if anything, Valli had to say on his own behalf was uncertain. But then his runway show opened. It was utterly fearless and unashamedly optimistic, as per all his subsequent collections. When I look at these clothes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. All I know is that I love them.