Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2012
Riccardo Tisci’s abilities to create collection after collection of highly thought provoking garments only supports the fact that his reign as the king of Givenchy is only well deserved and not at all superficial. From his ready-to-wear, sartorial pieces that are snapped up by street-style bloggers, to the epitome of haute couture pieces that he produces each season, his ideologies behind each collection are the emphasis of what haute couture really is.
The collection was inextricably dark, and one certainly one of the more seasonally appropriate within the epicenter of fashion during the week. The opening look – a heavily beaded ombre top and a pair of jacquard-esque fitted pants (and a very chic German Shepherd) – emphasized Tisci’s own recognition of his sartorial success, but did so in a way that kept it wholly intricate and extremely expensive, emphasizing on the couture nature of made to fit. The use of simple shapes in the sense of extremely stream-lined and A-line shapes, harking back to the sixties shapes and a gypsy-like mentality that Riccardo appropriated. With a simple palette of browns and burnt shades of red, the heavily embroidered and highly fringed collection gave the air of a woman who was ethereal, but descended from the depths Hades, from her regal palace down below. The inclusion of highly detailed, dropped backs added extra sensuality to the collection, emphasizing the Tisci commonplace of sexuality.
The column dresses that Tisci focused heavily on were indicative of a new approach to the brand – perhaps something more minimal, perhaps a new approach of his own aesthetic. And if it all began with couture, then we look more than forward to Tisci’s future collections. Because nothing says chic more than a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci collection.