Givenchy Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Riccardo Tisci topped fashion headlines when he announced that Givenchy would be showing during New York fashion week, as opposed to its usual Paris. The buzz only increased when it was declared that the show would be on September 11th. Since then Tisci has announced that he planned to make the show a "celebration of family and love." He topped headlines yet again when he announced that 820 invitations and seats would be given out to non-industry people via an online auction on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Here I must admit that I entered on the 27th second within the designated time and still, to my deep disappointment, did not get a ticket.) With all these nonconformities and announcements, the bar was set pretty high for Tisci not to disappoint a large audience. To be honest, my owns doubts of the show only grew with each new announcement. I anticipated a big publicity stunt, complete with celebrities and commerciality. I was wrong. 

The show had an air of intimacy to it, probably something to do with the not-so-subtle looks of lace and silk, despite the very public, very crowed setting. While the clothes weren't particularly new, some of them direct replicas of past pieces, they were beautiful and lovely to look at. Everything was working hard to avoid the feeling of calculated love; the moonlight on the water, the dazzling lights of the skyline, the sheerness of lace and the smoothness of silk. All the elements of the show made it quite easy to get lost in it. The natural intricacy made the collection seem foreign to New York's artificial athleisure and sharp chicness. Love is not an uncommon subject for a fashion show (a recent example being Valentino's spring 2015 couture collection, a literal take on love complete with embellished hearts and lacy quotes), but this show shed light not on love for another person, or even a family, but a general love for others and the people of the world. That's were the publicness of it all played in nicely; it represented an intimacy with the world. The wooden staircases in the middle of the runway weren't the most graceful decision (at least two models fell), but they did allow the clothes to be seen on all levels, which was the goal of this show: for people everywhere to have access to this "celebration of family and love."