It won’t be easy to top what Givenchy through Riccardo Tisci brought to New York and to fashion with his NYFW presentation last night. The concept of fashion as a religion it’s often thrown around loosely but Tisci not only crystallized the concept but put an exclamation point on it with an event that set a standard for how very excellent fashion can be.
Rejecting the concept of high fashion as only for the ensconced elite, Tisci invited in the public, honored a City tragedy, celebrated art and presented a masterful collection, a celebration of his 15 years with the label that built upon and elevated prior designs and in many ways felt like the soul of the designer expressed in fashion. Presenting for the first time in the brand’s history outside of Paris, the show was also a tribute to New York, which Tisci has described as “multi-culture, freedom, music, transgression and New York for me is love.”
Speaking strictly from the perspective of fashion trends, it was a decidedly feminine collection full of filmy slip dresses that in many ways recalled the dawning of the age of lingerie as fashion in the late ’80s and early ’90s as first expressed by punks and goths. And though the street inspiration was there, it was blended seamlessly (again the theme of integration and oneness) with high fashion through incredible design and workmanship that included a number of couture pieces, as inspired by prior collections designed by Tisci.
What a moment for Tisci, with this event he elevated the concept of what a fashion presentation can represent and also set a mark for a new direction in fashion. Bravissimo!
See video of the show plus some images below.