New York invoked the spirit of the Brazillian favela, thanks to the elaborate Givenchy presentation, staged at dusk on Pier 26. Riccardo Tisci tapped performance artist Marina Abramovic as co-art director to set the scene, and she used all recycled materials to create the stage. It was a momentous show for the ambitious Tisci, who showed 88 looks (including men's and Haute Couture) as part of the Spring/Summer 16 Givenchy presentation.
The collection itself is a resounding masterpiece, Tisci delivered a poetic lineup that is near perfection, and 1200 "real people" were in the vast crowd to appreciate the unveiling, together with a who's who of the New York fashion scene.
It is hard to know where to begin, but the ubiquitous beauty of the silk and lace pairings is as good a place as any. Making up the lion's share of the lineup this fabric combination was used exclusively in black and white, allowing the materials to shine their own light. Soft draping silk was layered/ overlaid/ and connected to delicate lace to form intricate silhouettes on one shoulder tops, blouses and dresses. And the result was something otherworldly. The vast variety of individual placements that Tisci found to arrange his ruches, drapes, ties and splits denotes the enormous level and care that each piece was treated with during the design process.
There was plenty more to marvel at as 'that dress' appeared half way through the lineup, on Joan Small, a rich velvet belted silhouette with soaring thigh high split that exploded into a sea of ruffles from below the knee. And Tisci's evening-wear delights continued to impress with a stream of gowns in different incarnations of glamour, some accompanied by jewelled masks by Pat McGrath.
Discover the stunning lineup of women's and menswear via our galleries below...