Show Review: Givenchy Fall 2012

For Fall 2012, Riccardo Tisci took a ride on the dark side, presenting a gothic, moody collection where menswear inspired silhouettes abound. Inspired by the equestrian, the designer offers a slew of stiff, constricting leather jackets, tops, jumpsuits, dresses, and tailored pants, all in decidedly murky hues. Punches of bright red only add to the smoky, sinister vibe.

Tisci adds some variety to his fall offerings with a selection of embroidered spaghetti-strap frocks boasting pleated leather skirts, a welcome burst of tough girl femininity. The designer also serves up a few frothy lace-adorned dresses in pastels and jewel tones, a rather strange turn, considering the overall gothic mood of the collection. Tisci adds some bling with his signature star embellishments, spangling the necklines of turtlenecks and cropped capes.

Each of the models trotted out in loose shaft boots and long leather gloves. Makeup was witchy and intense, with dark eyeshadow and lipstick.

I wasn’t particularly wowed by this collection, although there are some pieces I would definitely wear, like that quilted leather jacket. After a while, the looks kind of blur together. But Riccardo did bring an element of drama, which is more than I can say for a certain other Fall collections. I was, however elated to see this unprecedentedly diverse casting! Grace Bol, Ajak Deng, and Queen Joan Smalls better work!

What do you think?

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