Posts in Evening
Givenchy Spring 2016 RTW Fashion Show on 9/11 2015 in Lower Manhattan

September 11th. Lower Manhattan. The mesmerizing twilight sky outlining the Freedom Tower. An exquisite delivery of "Ave Maria". The emotion all but overwhelmed.

Givenchy1

Few expect a fashion show to be a contemplative experience, yet this is what they got from Riccardo Tisci on the night he brought his Givenchy show to New York City, coinciding with the 14th anniversary of 9/11. With the aid of performance artist Marina Abramovic and a staggering sunset across the Hudson, Tisci approached the show as a moment for reflection. He acknowledged the resonance of September 11th not by drawing inappropriate parallel to fashion, but by noting the importance of fashion as an expression of self and an outlet for emotion.

Givencht2

There was also a serene sense of celebration. Tisci marks his tenth-year milestone at the house of Givenchy and a Givenchy store opens in New York City. 

Givenchy3

The show’s major themes were lingerie and tuxedo dressing, often worn in resplendent contrast, and always with lyrical grace. The play of feminine against masculine.

Givenchy4

White laces and silks wrapped, tied and floated over fluid black trousers, some looks finished with languid robes and others, mannish tails.

Givenchy5
Givenchy8
Givenchy9
Givenchy10
Givenchy11

Tisci incorporated sensual couture gowns with intense constructions and surprised with a significant showing of men’s wear.

Givenchy12

Tisci subscribes to the value of ritual; the religious references in his work are well-known. He also revisited last season’s facial decoration, now more exaggerated and ritualistic.

Givenchy15
Givenchy17
Givenchy19
Givenchy20
Givenchy21
Givenchy22
Givenchy23
Givenchy32
Givenchy33
Givenchy28
Givenchy29
Givenchy30
Givenchy35
Givenchy36
Givenchy46
Givenchy33
Givenchy34
Givenchy35
Givenchy36
Givenchy36
Givenchy40

A different kind of performance art unfolded during arrivals, a dazzling celebrity showing — Julia Roberts, Christina Ricci, Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler, Nicki Minaj, and of course, Kim and Kanye. Representatives of New York fashion turned out as well: Michael Kors, Tory Burch, the Proenza guys, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra.

KimKardashianKanyeWest

Image Sources: vogue.com   nowfashion.com

Text Sources: wwd.com  vogue.com

For more images go to my Images Optimized For Pinterest page. You are welcome to pin images directly to Pinterest. Click below on the button 'Images Optimized For Pinterest'.



Crush of the Week: Giorgio Armani Privé Fall/Winter 2015 Couture Collection

The show was called 'Shocking', and an invitation, a set, and a first look radiant with bright pink. Armani opened with two Shocking jackets, one, with a peplum, in Lurex-shot chenille over black velvet pants, the other, a lean, elegant crepe over color-blocked pants in velvet and satin. The shocking pink–washed backdrop of the show set the tone but Armani soon unleashed hues that boldly mixed that fearless color with brilliant lapis blue, and emerald and tourmaline greens, often in shimmering metallic effects, or dazzled with Swarovski crystals like the aurora borealis.

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015

“For once I’m not thinking about my clients’ needs,” laughed Giorgio Armani during a preview of his Armani Privé collection. “I wanted to express my creativity! My first inspiration was to bring my drawings to life,” he continued, “to have all the girls look the same—black hair cuts, a similar allure, like a sketch.”

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015

As if to reinforce the illusion of an illustrator’s strong painterly line, Armani defined the collection with felt pen streaks of black velvet—for the narrow line of a pant leg.

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015

As precise and shiny as the clothes were, they had a rawness with their tattered threads and shagginess. Armani explored an infinity of textures with his feathers, knots, and fringing. There were dresses that looked collaged from scraps of fabric.

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015

This was definitely a collection for the dark and decadent night.

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015
Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2015

As Armani said backstage, “couture has to be a dream.” This season, the designer was dreaming in glorious Technicolor.

Image Sources: style.com   flip-zone   the cut

Text Sources: style.com  wwd.com vogue.com  the cut

For more images go to my Images Optimized For Pinterest page. You are welcome to pin images directly to Pinterest. Click below on the button 'Images Optimized For Pinterest'.

Crush of the Day: Paolo Sebastian Couture Spring/Summer 2015

The young designer Paul Vasileff launched his first collection in 2007 at the age of 17. A perfectionist with a penchant for classic beauty, the Adelaide designer has impressed the industry with his maturity and scope of his creative vision.

A firm favourite on both the runway and red carpet, Paolo Sebastian specialises in custom-made couture tailored to accentuate the beauty of the individual. Classic designs reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour exude timeless elegance, paired with a contemporary edge. Often featuring impeccably tailored boning and the tiniest of hand sewn floral appliques, Paolo Sebastian creations encapsulate both the boldness of high fashion and the delicate innocence of beauty.

Handmade in South Australia, each piece is a triumph of custom-made craftsmanship. Opulent silks, French lace and romantic silhouettes are key features of Paolo Sebastian creations, often featuring delicate hand beading.

Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail
Paolo Sebastian Couture SS15 detail

Image Sources: paolosebastian.com   facebook.com/paolo.sebastian   Text Source: paolosebastian.com

For more images go to my Images Optimized For Pinterest page. You are welcome to pin images directly to Pinterest. Click below on the button 'Images Optimized For Pinterest'.