By Rachel Satell
Sources & photos: vogue.fr, washingtonpost.com, givenchy.com, Getty Images, Wire Image
Ricardo Tisci’s latest collection for Givenchy was a romantic, gothic and utterly Givenchy. The models strutted down the runway sporting heavy contours and faux brass piercings as if they were the indigenous people on an island of luxury and embroidery, with just a hint of Spanish flair. Tisci, with the help of legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, is continuing the trend of extreme beauty that has established itself on the runway in the past few seasons. Rodarte managed to turn heads earlier in the fashion cycle with their Spring/Summer 2015 collection, wherein their models sported faux eyebrow piercings. While the models may look like foreign futuristic figures, they were surrounded by relics from the 80s and 90s like analog games and PacMan machines cast in red light. It was as if these models of the future were striding through a wasteland of 90s staples and into the future to the rhythmic beating of drums accompanied by violins.
The models were swathed in luxurious fabrics dripping with animal inspired prints, peacock printed silks and sumptuously striped fur coats. Rich red velvets, corsets, and lace strewn coats rounded out the collection that would not have felt out of place in the renaissance churches of Tisci’s native Italy. The moody, sinful atmosphere that encompassed the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2015 show was accompanied by the similar silhouettes of structurally interesting designs. Tischi has stayed true to his aesthetic which he explained as, “My way of showing is very melancholic… I love romanticism and sensuality”.
Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and Noomi Rapace sat in awe of this bevy of futuristic tribe of supermodels. However, it was Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian who managed to stand out, nailing the Givenchy aesthetic draped in black bondage-esque garb. It’s only a matter of time until the rest of the collection shows up on Kim K, Kanye West by her side. In the meantime, Givenchy continues to stay true to the “all black everything” mantra.