GIVENCHY SPRING/SUMMER 2010
In the hands of designer Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy has quickly risen through the ranks of Paris Fashion Week to reclaim the esteemed position it held in its’ heyday. Tisci’s dark, romantic streak has been delighting fashion editors and A-list fans as he skilfully marries his mixture of influences with such effortless cool. This spring at Givenchy sees a complex blend of Grecian draping, illusion prints and masculine tailoring, starting with a striped jacket with a deep V-neck geometric vest and draped harem trousers. A contrasting hard/soft effect is evidently at work as the harsh, graphic pieces are paired with supple shorts and trousers that envelop the body. Curved tulip dresses have exaggerated, sharp lapels while stiff fitted jackets were dressed up with layers of waist-cinching ruffles. Fine pleating was used to create movement on otherwise heavily wrapped dresses, and the empire-line was a popular silhouette, with a tightly bandaged top-half and a chic flared skirt over PVC leggings. Mid-show, digital optical illusion prints hypnotized the audience as they were used in abundance to create a strong tribal effect on flowing chiffon blouses and leggings. The pattern was also etched onto the sheer fabric which was used for the closing jackets and dresses; becoming an eye-catching psychedelic, zigzag lace. Small details like this are the reason Tisci’s designs are fixed with an innate ferociousness that is desired and sought-after; he creates dramatic showpieces that don’t lose impact just because they are wearable.