Fashion designer Giambattista Valli was dubbed an official haute couturier by the Chambre Syndicale last December.
Valli began his namesake label in 2005 after leaving his 7-year-long occupation at Emanuel Ungaro in 2004, as reported by the New York Times. His designs at Giambattista Valli have garnered the attention of fashion editors, heiresses and socialites alike, such as Olivia Palermo, Bianca Brandolini, and Lee Radziwill. Actress Emma Stone sported one of his dresses at the Academy Awards this year.
Valli grew up in Rome with his family. According to Wikipedia, he drew sketches of Yves Saint Laurent dresses and observed the fashions of rich women as he matured, and he eventually got his first fashion-related job at with Cecilia Fanfani where he assisted with planning couture shows in Rome.
Valli reported to the New York Times that he derives inspiration from American designer Oscar de la Renta. This label is known for catering to "uptown girls" and moneyed socialites.
Some of Valli's creations retail for around $3000 at upscale department store Saks Fifth Avenue.