Givenchy Spring 2016

Working with friend and artist Marina Abramović, this was a fashion show on a grand conceptual scale. The huge set consisted of recycled metal panels nailed together, and featured several live performance art set-ups, including a woman standing under a stream of running water and a man holding tree branches, as a symbol of "support and life force". There was also live music, which featured Tibetan monks chanting and a rendition of Ave Maria for the finale. While it took place on a pier on the Hudson River, flanked by skyscrapers, this was hardly the usual tourist holiday snap fodder. The collection itself, late to the runway by an hour, was extensive and contrasted the performance art with some commercial clothes. The decamping of the show for this essentially Parisian house to New York – the first time that the house has shown out of the French capital in more than 60 years – is ostensibly to mark the new store opening on Madison Avenue, and this was a showcase of all the clothes that will fill it come spring 2016. This year also marks 10 years of Tisci at Givenchy and there was something of the retrospective in the first part of the show. It featured slinky, beautifully cut silk and lace slips worn with slouchy black trousers, and dressing gown-style coats in a colour palette of black and white, sometimes with bandage-style tops.




Jason Wu Spring 2016
Altuzarra Spring 2016