PFW SS14: Givenchy

There is something about Riccardo Tisci. He possesses that magical quality that turns ordinary objects into celestial pieces – especially in the eyes of the fashion crowd. Never has anyone caused such lust over an everyday object as Tisci has caused over the sweater. It has become his staple over the last few seasons and this season it was reincarnated with an unlikely print of Bambi – which will no doubt spawn hundreds of imitations lower down the fashion food chain. The sweater then took an unlikely turn, it then appeared constructed only out of black lace – still with the same print. Then it was back to sweater form but with disco-glittered sleeves. Sweaters then morphed into zip-up sweater jackets, but of course these were no ordinary hoodies! They were constructed in the finest chiffons and printed with burnished paisley.
Sweaters and jackets were paired with fishtail skirts in silk and chiffon. Paisley turned into rock and roll flames and the prints on the sweaters took a turn into rock album covers and tattoos. Interspersed between this were intricately woven tailored jackets cinched with waspies – the jumpers were cinched with spider clips.
As “evening” rolled on skirts grew longer, frills became more numerous and a more romantic mood descended. An unmistakable gypsy element crept in. Tisci described himself after the show as being like a gypsy whilst creating the collection, taking inspiration from childhood memorabilia, recycling influences and ideas from different eras in his life. Clearly all of those influences have culminated into this season’s presentation – Tisci at his best, confident, rebellious and unpredictable.
by Nicola Kavanagh
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