Givenchy’s mysterious collection perfectly balanced neoVictorian fashion with modern influences of darkness.
True to form, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci boasted neo-victorian influences in his F/W ’15 designs through dark Victorian music with a pounding drum, minimalistic keyboard sounds and deep bass, combined with somewhat modern influences of technology by setting up arcade machines, computers and a variation of old-school electronics to his set design. Bizarre, to say the least, the designer’s dark influence brings about his so-called “Victorian Chola Girl”, who is covered in face jewelry such as multiple septum and nose piercings, and other jewelry markings on the face and ears, which are of both large and small sizes. The designer’s skills in tailoring are highlighted through ornate embroideries, structured yet comfortably dressed corsets, peplum jackets, silk dresses adorned with peacock feathers, as well as velvet tops, all to highlight the Victorian allure. These designs are juxtaposed by the now-trendy dress over cropped pants, sequined black and burgundy gowns and block-heeled booties. A standout feature of the models was their hair, to complement the designer’s eccentric style for the upcoming season, where curls framed the forehead and sides of the face, while multiple braids looped at the back. Overall, the merging of both time-defying eras underlines Tisci’s love of gothic, dark fashion and precise (almost couture-like) embroideries.