I have been worried about Givenchy Haute Couture for quite sometime because of itscontinuously reduced number of looks and this season (and perhaps from this season onward), Riccardo Tisci abandoned runway for intimate presentation. I wonder if the brand is thinking about actual withdrawal from Haute Couture (think of Versace) but I am hoping that the raving critics' acclaims will keep Givenchy Haute Couture alive (It would seem that I was wrong to worry about Givenchy Haute couture collections, as the entire collection of this season was purchased by a wealthy wife of the CEO of Harrod's, which, I suspect is an unprecedented sales in the history of Haute Couture. It would have cost the lady several million dollars). Although the nimber of looks is down to 10 this season, each looks represent hours and hours of painstaking work. Catsuit decorated with Swarovski crystals took whooping 1600 hours to create and one of the golden dress took 6 months to finish. Riccardo Tisci's signature gothic romanticism was clearly evident in the intricate laces that resembled skeletal structure of human anatomy and belts that looked like spinal cords. Riccardo Tisci stated that the inspiration came from the artist Frida Kahlo and her three obsessions; religion, sensuality and human anatomy. All of the looks were incredibly beautiful and elegant, what Haute Couture is all about.
Full collection in MQ