Givenchy Couture

Givenchy collections are as much about the back as they are the front. For his concentrated, 10-look couture show, Riccardo Tisci mashed together his latest obsession, gypsies, with archival Givenchy gowns from the sixties—and the result is a collection in the round. Take, for example, the black leather cape on Lea T (front row, second from right). Only when she’s turned around can you see that the exquisite pattern of cutting and embossing cascades from one shoulder all down her back. Another piece that combines mink and red crystals looks like a vest from the front, but drops all the way to the ground in back, becoming the most over-the-top, opulent coattail you’ll ever see. Even the German shepherd has a beautiful coat from the back…

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