GIVENCHY S/S '16
The sun set across the Manhattan skyline which made the most magical backdrop to stage the first ever show by GIVENCHY in New York on Pier 26 last night. It wasn't just a fashion show, it was an experience. It was a statement on beauty, inclusivity, new life, hope, forgiveness, and love. On the anniversary of 9/11, Riccardo Tisci wanted to pay homage to the events as well as make a statement of unity and remembrance. Working together with Marina Ambramovic, the set was made from all recycled materials evoking a sense of a Brazilian favela.
As the runway lights dimmed, the two beaming lights from the memorial of the WTC shot up into the night sky. Tisci staged a show with 88 looks, including menswear looks, GIVENCHY denim, as well as several haute couture pieces. Longtime muse of Tisci, Mariacarla Broscono opened the show in a white rouleau-strapped camisole and black tailored trousers that had two strings of ribbon flowing from either side. A collection heavy in contrast - most pieces were black and white stuck true to the ideals and foundation of the Parisian house. The duality in contrast perfected the vision of remembering a great tragedy, but also looking forward to a better future for the entire world. There was a also a sense of duality with couture pieces walking across the recycled set. There can be beauty found in the most unexpected places, and most of the time the most tragic events can be the most beautiful in the perspective of reflection.
It's worth noting that just because the show wasn't shown in Paris, didn't mean the collection lost that Parisian romanticism and elegance. In fact, there was a different ethereal quality to the showcase that Paris would have been proud of. The couture pieces could have had a show all their own, they were that magnificent. Standouts were Joan Smalls' black tulle gown, the cream to black feather degradé, and the cream alligator-tiled body con.
As the finale song of "Ave Maria" was sung across the audience, there was a moment of peace - a moment to reminisce and never forget the history of what took place in New York 14 years ago. It was also a moment to look forward and remember that fashion at its core has the power to transcend and make cultural statements that resonate within us to make much more of a lasting impact.