Runway Report: Givenchy SS16

For the first time in its 63-year-history, Givenchy left Paris Fashion Week to stage a massive, celebrity-studded show in New York City. “America was the first country to really believe in me,” says Riccardo Tisci. “It’s a way of saying thank you to America for what it’s given to me.”

The show, which coincided with the opening of Givenchy’s new 4300-square-foot flagship on Madison Avenue, also marked 10 years of Tisci at Givenchy, and what better way to mark such a milestone than to pay homage to his creations of seasons past?

For insntance, Imaan Hammam’s origami-like gown was modeled on Natasha Poly’s slate dress from the Spring 2007 Couture show, Kamila Filipcikova’s gilded peplum jacket was a descendant of the red look she wore in the Fall 2009 Couture show, and then there was Joan Smalls’ tulle gown, a reworking of Natalia Vodianova’s famous lavender frock from the Spring 2010 Couture show.

While there was lace, sheers and tuxedo jackets for women and men, the overall takeaway was an elegant ease that would translate seamlessly into the real world. Slinky, beautifully cut silk slips were worn with slouchy black trousers, and dressing gown-style coats in a color palette of black, white and cream complemented the exquisite bandage-style tops.

Described in show notes as an event “about forgiveness, inclusivity, new life, hope, and above all, love”, Tisci played it smart by sticking to a formula he has honed over the past 10 years – one that brings what people wear on the street together with high fashion.

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