fall prêt-à-porter, paris: givenchy

by Jeremy Danté

the always impressive house of givenchy presented a bit of kitty accented style on the runways of paris fashion week this season. use of sheer textile, leather layering & some familiar use of print was seen. what i love about the house of givenchy are their new established signatures; each season we see slight progression of developed concepts that allow cohesion to be seen from season to season. no concept is off limits & this season tisci & the house developed cat eared caps that were seen on just about every female model on the runway. while i hadn’t expected kitty ears- i love how stylishly the concept was executed & am sure that the hats will be one of the most desired pieces for FW11, later this year. with a runway accented by purple floral, the same purple print was seen on the collections pieces that were designed in satin & showcased modest style. masculine edge was fused to feminine seduction as blazers were seen alongside sheer tops & exposed bras. chain linked framing was added to the collections varsity letterman inspired styles, pieces that i love most from givenchy for both men & women, as well as prints with panthers framed by floral garlands. i admire the vision of creative director, riccardo tisci greatly & appreciate his contrasting of hard & soft aspects of beauty. use of soft leather was seen against more outrageous styles of patent leather as layering took a larger presence toward the back end of the collection. though mostly black, the collections details had no problem being showcased & weren’t any less outstanding. a single look in yellow added the right amount of color break in the otherwise dark collection near the finale. overall, the collection finds ways to adapt use of print to a fresh set of design that is both masculine & feminine.

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