Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, renowned for hosting prestigious international fashion houses, has unveiled its latest guest. Giambattista Valli, the celebrated Italian designer acclaimed for opulent couture creations, will take center stage at the 2024 edition of Barcelona Bridal Night, scheduled for April 17 next year. This much-anticipated event will once again grace one of the city’s iconic venues, following the tradition set by previous editions of the bridal fashion week.
This strategic decision marks a significant milestone in the event’s international expansion, bolstered by the participation of globally renowned fashion houses. Barcelona Bridal Week has consistently pursued this long-term vision, showcasing collections from esteemed names such as Marchesa, Viktor&Rolf, and Elie Saab. Notably, in the previous Barcelona runway event, the eminent Lebanese couturier Elie Saab presented his inaugural bridal fashion show, dedicated exclusively to bridal gowns.
«Barcelona stands as the global epicenter of bridal fashion, and hosting a runway event here is the natural progression for my Love Collection 2025. It offers me the ideal platform to convey my creative vision,» declared the esteemed Roman designer upon the announcement. Launched in 2021, this bridal line emerged as Giambattista Valli ventured into crafting wedding gowns for select, exclusive clients, including Monaco’s Charlotte Casiraghi. The collection is characterized by romantic and feminine styles, remaining faithful to the haute couture and ready-to-wear collections that define the designer’s legacy.
With training at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Giambattista Valli’s journey included collaborations with luxury brands Roberto Capucci and Fendi in Rome before his relocation to Paris in 1997. In Paris, he further honed his skills under the tutelage of designer Emanuel Ungaro, eventually assuming the creative helm of the ready-to-wear line. In 2005, he introduced his eponymous label, and in Paris, he orchestrated his inaugural ready-to-wear fashion show. His creations have since graced the red carpets, adorning internationally renowned celebrities such as Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Queen Rania of Jordan, Ariana Grande, Kendall Jenner, Zendaya, and Jennifer Lopez.
Albasarí Caro, director of the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, expressed privilege in having one of the most cherished haute couture and international fashion brands participate. The event is scheduled to transpire between April 17 and 21 next year, strategically positioning Barcelona as a destination for haute couture brands.
Organized by Fira de Barcelona with the support of the Department of Business and Labor of the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Fashion Week encompasses a week-long celebration of fashion and a professional bridal trade show. It features captivating runway presentations and B2B showcases from over 300 fashion labels. The event, themed «Now» and featuring an AI-generated image, will return to the Montjuïc venue.