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Givenchy shocks with facial jewellery

FashionBy Sunday World
Givenchy shocks with facial jewellery

Givenchy surprised with an Autumn/Winter 15 line heavy on facial jewellery last night.

Riccardo Tisci may have been at the helm of the French fashion label for a decade, but he proved he still knows how to shock at Paris Fashion Week yesterday. With the usual front row of A-listers including Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Jessica Chastain looking on, the designer sent models down with the runway with their faces festooned with gems and jewels.

First up saw a model in a velvet dévoré dress, which was black and fell to the knee. The conservative hemline, full skirt and three-quarter sleeves meant the laced panel from neck to waist wasn't as eye-popping as it could have been.

While the dress was interesting, all eyes were on the model's face. As well as two huge nose rings, she sported silver stick-on gems on her cheeks and black versions on her chin and top lip, giving the feel of facial piercings.

Added to this were massive earrings and more gems on the ears, plus her hair was teased into kiss curls which were plastered across her forehead in small circles.

This was the vibe for all models too, with just the colour changing - some wore ruby red gems or silver versions.

While all that was new, some of the collection was reminiscent of what's gone before. There was a lot of black and the palette on the whole was dark, again conjuring up the gothic aesthetic which has become a staple at the house.

Overall the feel was Victorian, in part thanks to the velvet which was one of the main themes.

There were also knee-length jackets which were cinched at the waist and then flared out thanks to the acres of fabric used, plus ruffles on high-neck chiffon shirts, peplum-style waist-length coats and three-quarter length trousers.

Also presenting yesterday was John Galliano, which was one of the few fashion houses to raise hemlines for the new season. The skirts were often paired with knee-length boots, giving the collection a distinctly 60s feel.

Colour-wise there was, again, a lot of black, but it was lifted thanks to the bright purple and red footwear.

Sometimes minis were teamed with longer coats for a modern feel, with trousers kept streamlined and coming in jacquard-type fabric.

Today's shows kick off with Stella McCartney, with Hermès and Saint Laurent showing later in the day.

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