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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.

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