Givenchy had its spring/summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week instead of taking its usual spot in Paris Fashion Week, to celebrate the opening of its new Madison Avenue store in New York City. The company closed its previous Madison Avenue store in 2006 and has been absent from the city since. Givenchy currently operates stores in the Miami Design District and Wynn Las Vegas and will open another store in Miami's Aventura Mall, next year. Tisci will also oversee the design of new stores set to open soon in Milan, Rome and London.
We had the pleasure in attending the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show during New York fashion week.
Not only was it the most highly anticipated show during fashion week it was hands down one of the best shows we've ever seen!
Everything was very well organized and every detail was executed to perfection. Givenchy and its creative director Riccardo Tisci collaborated with performance artist Marina Abramovic who performed music from six different cultures and religions. The battered and rusted sheds and backdrops for the set were made from recycled materials, the rough, industrial style was consistent with previous shows. Standing atop one raised platform was a man and a small child facing (at times) the Freedom Tower, performance artists could be seen on plinths, one positioned under a pipe of continuous pouring water (clothed in a white silk shirt and pair of black trousers, a rather avant garde take on a wet t-shirt competition), another pair entwined together in a slow embrace, another holding up an uprooted tree in each hand, to the serenade of a Buddhist monk chanting slowly to the sounds of a throaty organ. A live rendition of Ave Maria thronged out over the crowd, and the darkening sky pierced with the beams of light from Ground Zero, it was very poetic.
The show took place on pier 26 hudson river park, with magnificent views, in particular of the 1 World Trade Center. Everyone in attendance recieved a booklet with images and artwork along with a picture of the twin towers from the 9/11 museum with a message honoring all the victims. Riccardo Tisci said "It's a very delicate day for America, and so the show is going to be a celebration of family and love,"
Tisci was also celebrating his tenth year as the creative director at Givenchy.
Another very unique touch to the show was the fact that Ricardo Tisci also decided to open the show to the general public by offering 800 invites on his website.
Givenchy rolled out celebrities like, Nicki Minaj, Julia Roberts, Kim and Kanye West, Amanda Seyfried, Liv Tyler with father Steven Tyler, Ciara, Uma Thurman, Courtney Love and Julia Roberts to name a few. Also in attendance were fashions most respected like Anna Wintour, Linda Fargo, Anna Dello Russo, Rachel Zoe, Carine Roitfeld and Erica Pelosini. Fashion Designers Michael Kors, Jeremy Scott, and Proenza’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were also in attendance.
Tisci’s collections can often project an aggressive attitude but this show was more about his skill with soft materials, notably lace-edged silk and delicately embroidered chiffon. Tisci reminds us that lace is beautiful.
The collection was a collab of his decade of work at the house of Givenchy, drawing together haute couture and ready-to-wear looks in one vision, for the most part in black or white.There was a clear mixing of femininity with the traditional menswear tailoring.
Lace and silk nightdress slips were worn with wide leg trousers and tuxedo jackets, while evening gowns were given a punch with striking structural details.
Tisci also had men in the show, mainly in impeccable black suiting (including shorts). Tisci was more focused, though, on the women, and he has never done female vulnerability as well as he did that night. We saw the gathering of satin at the shoulders and fronts of several dresses, and in masks made of what looked like scraps of lace or tiny shells. Masks can look so creepy or affected, but not here. It was also a treat to see a number of haute couture dresses. One gown, worn by Joan Smalls, came down the runway in Black, clustered at the hem with giant furry balls, it resembled a more colorful red-carpet number worn years ago by Zoe Saldana.