Givenchy wows with metallics and Gothic chic at PFW
Super Sunday is a familiar concept in football, but it could also be applied to fashion this weekend.
Paris Fashion week boasted several stunning fashion shows - Givenchy, Roland Mouret and John Galliano - all setting out to define the season.
Though it started 50 minutes late, Sunday night’s (06Mar16), Givenchy Fall 2016 show is sure to stick in the audience’s minds.
Set inside Le Carreau du Temple, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci erected a wooden maze framed by a single row of benches. The front row comprised of A-list names such as actor Bradley Cooper, rapper Kanye West and reality television personality Kris Jenner.
The show opened with a military jacket layered over a multi-coloured metallic leather top.
Bird-motifs featured in the collection, from feather-like patterns to the Eye of Horus which appeared on collars and as a print on dresses.
Military blazers, boleros and snakeskin fabrics also featured, each in various bright colours.
Tisci’s favourite models took the runway, including Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shayk, Issa Lish and Bella Hadid.
Hadid, 19, rocked a gothic chic look for the star-studded event in a black jacket with a tasselled hem and puffy sleeves teamed with a black dress and leggings.
Models were styled in thigh-high boots, and Tisci bleached the models eyebrows, exaggerated by smeared dark eye make-up which created an eerie finish, while their hair was either matted down at the crown, or pin straight and centre-parted.
Earlier, Roland Mouret alluded to the Victoriana-tinged rock'n' roll aesthetics of Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush.
Dressmaker Mouret presented elongated silhouettes, with dresses finishing just above the ankle and engineered with geometric panels of velvet.
The palette featured graphic black-and-white lace as well as shades of bordeaux, bright purple, and electric green. Many of the looks were bare-armed, but styled with removable puff-shouldered sleeves.
While at the show for John Galliano, designer Bill Gaytten led spectators through small vignettes of history with his collection.
The looks referenced the romance of 19th century Russian military, alongside Neo-Classicism and the dapper styles of the 1930s.
A long black military coat opened the show, with a high-collared shirt and cream mid-calf pantaloons. A cobalt blue embroidered military jacket had a great movement in the lapel, and was paired with a sheer black silk under dress that sensually exposed the stomach and leg.
Elsewhere, Gaytten channelled the '30s with a crisscross silver pattern on an off-white tulle gown, and a decorative classic Empire-line dress with puff sleeve.