Critics are calling the Givenchy show the show of the season. Riccardo Tisci has long been a favourite of the industry and his shows are always highly anticipated, but Sunday night’s show was, as they say, truly next level.
With a red carpet to rival the Oscars, Tisci’s hip hop fan club (including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and Frank Ocean) were there to support, along with Hollywood heavyweights Jessica Chastain, Nicole Richie, and Amanda Seyfried — the stage was set for big things. But when Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons started singing accompanied by a string orchestra, and the collection appeared, all the flashiness was set aside.
This was a heartbreaking, and ultra feminine collection (particular for Tisci) and although his tougher trademarks were there — the sweatshirts (this season it was a Disney print of Bambi) and the requisite leather — the highlight of the collection was the chiffon, ruffled skirts that swirled around the ankles of the models as they stormed the runway.
There was a lot of black (what would a Givenchy collection be without black?), but there were also rich, warm colours of red and orange, and a mash up of plaid and floral prints. We saw this at Dries Van Noten last season, but the Givenchy woman next season is a much darker temptress.