Transporting Paris to the Hudson, the Givenchy Spring 2016 show was an extravagantly beautiful tribute to New York City and tied into the theme of the 14th anniversary of 9/11. The brand’s Artistic Director Riccardo Tisci and performing artist Marina Abramovic collaborated on creating a memorable experience focused on love and togetherness.
The set was deconstructed Zen on the Hudson, built from recycled materials and construction scraps to reduce waste.
The wait for the show was a meditative hour during which we watched Abramovic’s performers, including opera singers, with the Freedom Tower as a thoughtful background. The music represented six different cultures and religions with the intent of uniting people without discrimination.
The extended show included women’s and men’s RTW as well as Haute Couture—every look that came down the runway was better than the next.
Romantic slips, off-shoulder tops, flared pants, and sculpted tail coats echoed the ’90s in a collection with a focus on texture—lace, feathers, fringe and embroidery—rather than colors. We loved the menswear-inspired tuxedo pants paired with delicately feminine lingerie (see photo below), and thought the combination resulted in a beautiful contrast.
The after-party was no less than a rave set in a oversized parking garage, with bartenders dressed as mechanics and love continuing to be the evening’s dominant theme.
We can’t wait to shop the collection in Givenchy’s new Madison Avenue boutique! For now, enjoy our photo diary from this evening to remember.