Riccardo Tisci, head designer of Givenchy is a die-hard romantic and for spring he made a clean collection that included all his trademarks. Black and white striped jackets opened the show atop black jodhpurs. There were jumpsuits with a spare cut, also in black. Lapels on jackets had a contrasting colour which added to the triangular motif that was also present in the hem of some tops.
Crunchy pleats and decadent ruffles worked their magic over baby-doll dresses while a tribal-like print appeared on tops, leggings, shoes, everything. Saying it was tribal is a fairly blunt description, just because it’s black and white and zig-zagged it’s suddenly tribal. It’s closest relative would be the keffiyeh, a Tisci favourite that’s appeared in his couture and menswear collections.
After cleansing the palette Tisci did some beautiful, organic waistcoats that looked like ocean rocks covered in limpets followed by a series of loopy, draped dresses in dove grey and pale yellow. A leather wrapped open-toe platform was too reminiscent of an Alexander Wang shoe and an extremely unflattering jodhpur/babydoll combo made even the models look pregnant. As beautiful as the collection was, it’d be nice to see Tisci push himself a little more.


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