The Christian Dior couture show on Monday may have been a complete bust according to the reviews, but Giambattista Valli's was one that definitely hit all the high notes. It was the designers first ever haute couture show - he was invited by the exclusive 'Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne' to show during the season as a sort of trial run and now he must be elected five more times by the committee to gain official membership. It's a big deal to say the least, for a young, independent designer to gain this type of recognition. To put it into perspective, other members in the group include Armani, Chanel, Givenchy and Valentino.

However, if you've followed Giambattista's career throughout the last decade, or his tenure as art director for Emanuel Ungaro, it may come as no surprise that he's been invited to show couture. In many ways his designs have often blurred the lines between high fashion and ready to wear, as his creations always have some sense of profound elegance and tasteful edge. From his famously coveted ball gowns to his sophisticated cocktail attire, it's clear in this debut collection that Giambattista's well on his way to a lifetime membership into the Chambre Syndicale.