The Strut Report: Givenchy Fall Couture 2011
For the Givenchy Fall 2011 Couture show, Riccardo Tisci again worked his magic. This collection revolved around the concept of purity, lightness and fragility, keeping concise with only ten looks, reported WWD and Style.com. However, it wasn’t about quantity, but about the quality of craftsmanship and embellishments of each luxurious gown.
Tisci’s focused show evoked purity with many shades of white. The gowns were crafted with silk chiffon and tulle and decorated with myriad white adornments. There was no holding back on the lavish pearls, beads, cashmere rosettes or feathers. Each embellishment was also extravagant in its own way. Tisci created long, flowing fringe made from “Birds of Paradise” chains, the thinnest and most refined chains possible.
Each of the ten styles boasted long, graceful hemlines, yet varied in styling. Some gowns had long, clean sleeve lines, while others featured sheer bodices or silhouettes that mimicked bodysuits. Tisci worked tasteful cutouts into the sleeves and waistlines, exposing just the right amount of skin. Many times, he played into the elegant lines of the models’ backs, leaving them bare by creating different openings or incorporating sheer material.
Keeping attention focused on the gowns, simple single sole sandals peeked from underneath the hemlines. The models’ hair was pulled back into chic, low ponytails, showing off shoulders and backs.
Tisci’s exquisite use of embellishments and handwork truly defines the meaning of haute couture.