givenchy is one of those houses from season to season that i either really love or really hate. it’s dark and moody, or precise and exquisite. usually my one complaint with the couture collection is that it looks too much like ready-to-wear, and that’s definitely the case for spring. my first thought in viewing the collection was “gucci under tom ford,” but once i really delved in, i saw many intricate details that tisci has made his own. the opening section was mostly nudes: suiting with pleated sleeves and pleated chiffon shoulders and 80s style dresses with one shoulder, patent trim, or bondage bodices. the standouts were the longer dresses: delicate eyelet or lace “veils,” grecian gowns with huge crystal pins, and bias cut silk gowns with tonal chain v-necks or dyed feather necklines. the thing that i loved more than anything else is that the collection managed to stay true to tisci’s givenchy without delving too deep into goth. it may not feel like couture, but it’s still breathtaking.
pics from catwalking