Runway Review: Givenchy Spring 2015

What’s leather, lace (and lace-up), and black and white all over? Ricardo Tisci’s SS15 collection for Givenchy spared no gray area- the look was feminine and fearless.  Lace –up over the knee boots paired with lace-down plunging necklines.  Part gothic warrior, part rocker, and part new romantic, Tisci paired studded and grommeted armor with crochet and layers of lace. Bold stripes were accented with knit and chain inserts that met a balance between sultry and sweet.  Floaty, sheers paired alongside corseted front tops and sharply tailored long vests and studded leathers layered over floral lace in a brazen and beguiling juxtapostion.

Flounced sleeved blouses, crosses, and jeweled choker collars took things back a good century or more, while the nods to the seventies we’ve been seeing a lot of on the SS15 runways also made an appearance – from circular crochet accents, skinny long scarves, boho skirts, and touches of rich reddish-brown leather. Blunt bangs, bleached brows, and smoky winged eyeliner made for intensified gazes, and an otherwise clean palette that let the looks speak for themselves.

And speak they did.  From those patchwork leather jackets, grommeted seams whipstitched together in a dash of fiery red, to those showstopping, brooch embellished, lurex fringe tops, Tisci delivered some definite additions to our fast growing SS15 lust list.

About the Author

Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.