Picture the gilded set of rooms in the Place Vendôme where the genius that is Riccardo Tisci showcased his breathtaking fall couture collection for Givenchy. While many use the lexicon 'couture' from sweatsuits to day old flip flops Mr. Tisci truly achieved his Haute Couture vision through cut, cloth, and extraordinarily elaborate ornamentation.
Tisci's signatures of dégradé, lace, and fringe-work were on full display for this collection and he did not disappoint.
Mr. Tisci's inspiration was Frida Kahlo and her three obsessions: religion, sensuality, and, given the painter's lifelong battle with spinal pain, the human anatomy. The zipper pulls were little bones, a belt was a spinal column re-created in porcelain.
The dominant motif of the collection was the skeleton, laid out flat in the lace appliquéd on a long tulle column, or rendered in three dimensions in obsessively dense clusters of crystals, pearls, and lace on the back of a jacket in double silk duchesse satin with a tiny ceramic skull sprouting angel wings.
As breathtaking the gowns, jackets and coats were from the front the back of the pieces were just as beautiful as well.
Art, beauty and fashion are all relative and subjective to each person and it truly amazes me what he has done with ideology of Frida Kahlo, romanticism and death is genius.
From painstakingly patchworked leather coat or the dress in Chantilly lace where the pattern of the lace had been duplicated in appliquéd leather this collection truly amazed and reinforced my belief in fashion!