Givenchy Spring / Summer 2012

Working around the theme of the sea and a water world, Riccardo Tisci’s couture skills helped to create the layers of ruffles which formed a 3-D wave effect on lapels that seemed to move off the body as the models walked by.

Givenchy Ready to Wear & Haute Couture 2012

For example, the ivory sleeveless jacket with long lapels and curves around the hip; or the black leather trimmed wave lapel jacket. The tailored and slightly flared jackets and short coats with large lapels re-proportioned to button just below the waist were worn with shorts, leggings or silk striped dresses.  Embellishment came in silver ice blue sequins on these spectacular wave-like jacket lapels and matching pants.




In any Givenchy collection, Mr. Tisci always injects an element of subversion, perhaps to prevent the clothes from being too bourgeois. Hence the white suit with sheer skirt showing the outline of a long cotton shirt, or the white striped sheer layered cotton long sleeve top with a crest-shaped skirt cut high and covered with a layer of sheer white silk, intentionally showing the model’s nude underwear.  But, the olive snakeskin jacket, satin shirt and satin hot pants that Gisele Bundchen wore to close the show surely have that street vibe, and was a “wow” way to end this overall superb show.

Please enjoy the full runway show below…

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