Givenchy unleashed an army of fierce vixens for Spring/Summer 2015 in looks so densely constructed they were practically like armor. Leather-bound models in skintight tailoring were a glamorous counterpoint to all the soft, lightweight fare of spring, with a take-me-serious style quotient so edgy it gave us chills (the good kind). Riccardo Tisci is a venerable foe when it comes to slaying our expectations, and he wallops us good with this rock ‘n’ roll presentation, which packs its own style punch.
The palette was a severe combination of black-and-white and tobacco, occasionally relieved by blush pink, scarlet, and gold. Tisci adhered to an hourglass silhouette, showing shrunken blazers with sheer skirts, corsets, painted-on leather trousers, and belted frocks. He finished early looks with exaggerated whipstitching woven through rows of grommets – a motif he repeated later on soft knits. Full-leather looks soon emerged, cobbled together from curtains of leather paneling stamped with studs, and the results were gorgeous if not a little formidable. Tisci continued to forge a relationship between the seductive and the intimidating by pairing soft sheer tops stamped with crosses and circular prints with clinging trousers or thigh-high leather booties. Tempestuous looks continued until the bitter end, when Tisci traded dark for light with a dreamy ruffled frock and a white three-piece look stitched with gorgeous contrast embroidery. Witnessing it all was like braving a turn on a rollercoaster – exhilarating, unexpected, and breathtaking. It’s a ride we want to take over and over again.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree