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Show Report: Givenchy A/W 12 Haute Couture

by Stephanie LaCava on 4 July 2012

Stephanie LaCava reports on the Givenchy A/W 12 haute couture show.

Stephanie LaCava reports on the Givenchy A/W 12 haute couture show.

A presentation instead of a full blown show for haute couture is genius in its own way. It took Riccardo Tisci to, as the French say, 'realize this' to make it happen. How else can clients and editors see fine details and craftsmanship? For the past few seasons, Tisci has presented his collection in a salon above the Place Vendome, ten or so looks suspended from the ceiling with a finale photograph of Tisci girls (Lea T, included) wearing the pieces on display. This season the theme was a nod to gypsy and hippie (Talitha Getty-style?!) in earth tones, coral and red.

There was leather woven like raffia into reliefs, three dimensional renderings of designs from a classic French foulard. The same effect was created with hand laser cut leather lace and 'rubber' embroidery, a gelatinous red. Bat wings were made out of leather fringe and a beetle shell-like capulet of fur. There were no nose rings this time, rather gold wrap around glasses and over the knee lace up boots, one pair part of a scarf halter jumpsuit. 

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