Givenchy mania is reaching an impressive crescendo as the brand put to bed another outstanding runway show at Paris Fashion Week. Designer Riccardo Tisci’s world could not be any more more illuminated with adulation – the success of Givenchy’s comeback is entirely due to his strategic orchestration of dark, attitudinal street glamour sprinkled with consumer friendly must-haves that are now-signature icons for the brand (we’re still seeing versions of the panther sweatshirt being ripped off by downmarket retailers).
Fall/Winter 2014 proved Givenchy’s vast popularity with celebrities seen both onstage (Kendall Jenner walked in the show) and front row (Kanye West and Rihanna caused a fuss when they showed up “fashionably” late). There’s a reason that Givenchy has become a cult favorite: Tisci is actually doing something different with his designs, but still making them lovely, otherworldly, and wearable. If this isn’t a magic formula, then we don’t know what is.
It might be hard to describe the ethereally pretty sheer prairie dresses that opened the show, and even more difficult to accurately portray the charm of a dress that featured a curious yolked overlay, but that’s the price you pay when dealing with innovative design. What Tisci accomplished was a perfect blend of past and future – with designs that borrow from country life and juxtaposed it against surreal sci-fi elements. Bottom line is, this presentation had soul and wit: It is everything we want to wear but created by the imagination of a dreamer. There were lucid blooms on a gauzy secretarial frock that popped when paired with a trim leopard coat, and vivid moth-wing embroidery on colorful gowns. One sculpted bodice featured a rainbow fade of 3D crystals and resembled the colored markings of a parrot. Signals from nature were folded in with technical tailoring and detailed elements for stupefyingly fresh looks that sent the audience into a tizzy.
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