Givenchy Goes Tribal

Riccardo Tisci's spring collection for Givenchy, which showed on Sunday in Paris, featured strong earth tones, sequins, and beaded masks.


A melting pot of cultures, namely Japanese and African, was Riccardo Tisci’s starting point for Givenchy’s Spring 2014 collection. But the overriding theme was one without boarders: Tisci’s unwavering muse is a fearless, urban woman.

This season he had her draped in fluid jersey dresses that were tribal in look, amplified by the use of earthen tones and the fierce make-up masks constructed with Swarovski crystals (a process that reportedly took eight-ten hours per mask).

Also in the line-up was a relaxed line of tailoring with leather finishes, kimono sleeves and draping, and some epic sequin gowns with bandage style bodices and heavy flowing skirts. Pop-art prints, like last season’s Bambi sweater, were replaced with sequin motifs this season -- and these were just another example of the elaborate craftsmanship that one has come to expect from Tisci’s vision for the house.