Elaborate ball gowns, lace detailing to die for, and silky lingerie-esq cocktail dresses. Hemlines just above or just below the knee (no less, no more), and yes, even menswear. Creative Director, Riccardo Tisci brought out all the stops today for Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2016, debut collection at New York Fashion Week.
The atmosphere was electric leading up to the start of the show. Everyone’s iPhones & Androids were held at the ready, waiting for the first model to appear through the industrial façade of the runway entrance. Wooden crates were used as seats for guests and stairs for the models.
And for one heart stopping second, a model took a slight misstep onto one of the crates and tumbled to her knees. Fortunately, she recovered in part, thanks to two handsome audience members aiding her to her feet (who says chivalry is dead!)
The audience made up of fashion’s elite, celebrities, and common fans of fashion were all abuzz, as a live violinist began to play after the pound of a gong signaling the start of the show.
Celebrities Kimye, Julia Roberts, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, fashion influencers Alexander Wang and Anna Wintour, and about 1200 of fashion’s luckiest fans, were in attendance. Last week, via social media, Givenchy announced the label would be giving away free tickets to the first 1200 people to sign up online. Fashion students, and just normal Janes and Joes were able to attend, if they were among the lucky group.
Being that the show took place on the day that changed America 14 years ago, it was only fitting that the newly built One World Trade Center was the backdrop for the show. The collection was “solemn yet powerful”. Models wore slicked back hair, underwhelming, minimalist makeup, and walked slow and powerfully, but with purpose. Though powerful the collection evoked a femininity usually seen during Paris & Milan Fashion Week collections.
Although Givenchy showed in the Big Apple, the label’s Parisian identity was not lost on the audience. The collection had all the cinematic tension a great show should have: black and white/ good vs. evil, silk and lace/ sexy vs. innocence, loose-fitting and form-fitting/ freedom vs. restriction, separates and dresses/ power vs. submission- each look told a story, with the live Middle-Eastern & Far East inspired music as the backdrop.
Standouts included, Kendall Jenner, at the start of the show wearing a pair of black, oversized tuxedo pants, with a stark white, sleeveless, lace top. Joan Smalls in the middle of the show, wearing a luxurious, black velvet, strapless gown with a cascading, feathered train. (Both pictured above).
If you thought the collection reminded you slightly of Swan Lake, you wouldn’t be the only one. Several pieces at the end of the show were adorned in white feathers, models had Black Swan-style makeup, and gowns were as theatrical as the Bolshoi Ballet’s tutus.
For the men: sleek, double-breasted suit jackets, skinny black ties, and tuxedo shoes dominated each menswear look. Finally, the skinny-dress pant look seems to be exiting the fashion scene, at least by Tisci’s standards. Back to the tailored, ultra-masculine look fellas. Menswear looks were also kept clean and crisp with the juxtaposing black suit, white shirt look.
Enjoy the 20 minute show via Givenchy.com (click the link below).
Images via Vogue.com