This time, again at Halle Freyssinet, we saw a quite different and peculiar Riccardo Tisci: it was time to do something else, as he pointed out backstage before the show. Givenchy Spring Summer show was all about a crash between Japanese and African cultures and aesthetic visions, the fragility of the first and the draping of the second. And the vintage BMWs smoking pile in the middle of the venue was the concrete representation of that idea.
Then came the girls, a platoon of jeweled warriors whom the make-up artist Pat McGrath covered the faces with jewels reminding us of Leigh Bowery’s masks: warriors because of the furs over the shoulders and wrestler belts on the waists, jeweled for the massive abundance of sequins, embroideries and pleats.
The Samurai influence appeared in asymmetric kimono-infected silhouettes, while the art of draping was shown in all its magnificence all over the dresses.