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Couture 2 : Givenchy 
Sun, 5th Feb 2012


Riccardo Tisci gave us an immensely confident couture show on day 2 of Couture Fashion Week - but one thing is certain - not everyone will like what he did ...

For starters there was the venue for his official photo-shoot - an old gymnasium with peeling paint and the odd basketball for added colour interest - and secondly his models were decorated with a spiky silver nose-ring along with black lipstick - not a very attractive look, I have to say !! It took me a minute or two to work out what the hell was wrong with their faces...was it make-up alone or something else?

His designs were divided into three definite divisions, the alligator styles, the black and white styles and the crystal and white styles - and all were possible red carpet choices, with the exception of a couple which I included anyway, just to give you a complete picture - this wasn't a long show - only ten designs, so we may as well look at them all.
His inspiration was apparently Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' from 1927, and the theme music from a more obscure Russian film, 'Aelita: Queen of Mars' from 1924...
Firstly the alligator designs - these were meticulously and painstakingly created out of two full alligator skins, which were then taken apart scale by scale and assembled by hand on to the finest tulle under-layer, taking a full 350 hours to make - this is real Haute Couture, and I would be willing to stake my life that the only two ladies that would wear this out and about are Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness !! Both of them are mad enough and high fashion-orientated enough to consider these dresses ground-breaking, whereas I personally think they are too expensive and too labour-intensive for what they are...I don't think they are attractive enough to warrant the effort involved, however, this is only my own opinion, and they may well turn up at the Oscars or the Grammies next week...you never know !!




The other two sections of this show were much more accessible and much more likely to show up on a red carpet - perhaps at the Oscars or the Grammies next week - one of them has already appeared at the SAG Awards last weekend - Zoe Saldana wore the all-white slinky number at the bottom, and as you can see, she looked absolutely brilliant in it !!


I loved the fact that the official photo-shoot included back view shots of every dress - we don't see enough of the back details with the Style.com photos and so I have scoured around, and found another source where you do - it just so happens that the photo-shoot of this collection was what every fashion website has, as it is the official Press Shoot for Givenchy !!


I like the black skirt in this and the fact that you have to unzip it to reveal a white glitzy lining as the model walks around...very restrained and refined...and very confident too !! I also loved the silver embellishment on the white of this top and other dresses below - very pretty !!


I liked this dress below, with its band at the centre-back connecting the halter-neck to the waist - very unusual and original !!


A few dresses with generous amounts of crystals embroidered all over, in various patterns - on a white fabric background, this gives an unprecedented amount of sparkle as the wearer moves around - perfect for a red carpet moment !!




Here's Zoe looking fantastic in her Givenchy dress - and no nose-ring, I am happy to point out !!


The Givenchy Collection gave me a bit of a difficult time working out whether I actually liked it or not, but in the end, I decided that I actually did love most of it, but the styling was horrendous with the ugly nose-rings and black lipstick - very off-putting - and I'm not the only fashionista who thinks the same thing !!

Next up will be Valentino and Elie Saab...

Sun, 5th Feb 2012 (UTC)
Yes, very odd! Perhaps having seen the films that he took his inspiration from would clear up some of the reasons behind the styling? Either way, there are some quite lovely dresses and some weird ones. I'm still not sure if I like this collection.
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
It took me quite a few real looks to start to like some of these designs - I have a bit of a problem with Givenchy generally in that I find the Givenchy Couture collections sometimes just a tad weird for proper red carpet dressing...and the same with the RTW Collections too in a way !!
Sun, 5th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I'm going with a big NO all the way around on this collection. I just feel sorry for the 'gators. And the models who had to wear this stuff.
Sun, 5th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I'm with you, not keen on this collection and would prefer to see this stuff on the 'gators...
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
There were definitely some dresses in here that I really liked, but there was also a lot of weirdness...
Sun, 5th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I realize the focus is supposed to be on the dresses, but that awful makeup and jewelry distracts from it so that I couldn't see anything else. The only one that really shows how beautiful the dress is is the one worn by Zoe Saldana.
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I agree - it's hard to see the dresses when the models have a face full of metal...
Sun, 5th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I just can't with the alligator scales.
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
No - it's a bit weird , isn't it ?!! I prefer my alligator scales with an alligator inside them really ...
Sun, 5th Feb 2012 (UTC)
You're right...the styling is very off-putting, but the collection overall is lovely.

The early dresses, the darker ones, remind me of the look for the Chronicles of Riddick.

the white dresses are quite lovely. I wonder, though, how they're going to work out the halter dresses that seem to be held up by their earrings! Turn the earrings into a collar?
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
Oh yes - they certainly look a bit like the sort of thing that Dame Vaako is wearing in a lot of these pics - the dress with the spine jewellery is a particularly similar design to some of these, and the first three, with the alligator scales, are similar to the textured fabric too...marvellous !!

The white dress, second one from the end, isn't held up by the earrings - they are simply a huge pair of earrings coming down in front of a sort of backward halter-neck arrangement which goes from the centre-front ring down into straps at the back...
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I love the first 3 dresses, and would like to see them without the coverup jackets as well. There's something very elegant about the lines. But yeah, the weird face-stuff was a no.
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
The first three dresses didn't do it for me really - the lines were elegant, yes, but the alligator scales were a bit of a 'No' for me really - I'm very much of the opinion that scales should remain on the alligator, who probably needs them more than the designer really...
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
And I'm of the opinion that the entire Crocodilia species are evil-eyed killers. But if they were fake scales, what would you think about the dresses?
Tue, 7th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I think they're pretty ugly on the whole anyway - dark, scaly and menacing - a very sci-fi look actually !! 'Tinpra' above mentioned that they reminded her of Dame Vaako's dress from 'The Chronicles of Riddick', and it's true, they are very similar !!
I like all the others in this collection though...

As for fake alligator, I have absolutely no problem with fake fur, skins, teeth, bone, ivory etc, etc, etc,
Fake is almost always better in that you don't have to destroy anything beautiful to get at it !!
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I have never seen Queen of Mars, but I've seen Metropolis about fourteen billion times, and I'm not seeing much that looks obviously inspired by it here. Inspiration is relative of course. Maybe it's to do with the sort of structured look of the alligator garments. I would just like to be clear that there are no freaky nose rings in Metropolis. :P
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
No I have to admit that this collection really didn't suggest 'Metropolis' to me either !! And no, there are definitely no nose rings...
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
I have to be honest and say there was not a single piece I even remotely liked in this collection.

I'd fail at being a good fashionista.
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
On the contrary - you know your own mind, and have definite opinions, and an interest in fashion - that makes you a fashionista !!
I don't like everything in this collection either, in particular the alligator dresses, even though they took a ridiculous 350 hours to create - just because you work a long time on something doesn't make it good, or desirable...
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
Wow I can definitely see the Metropolis influence...

That second-to-last dress- the white one with the collar and open shoulders I WANT SO BAD IT IS IN MY SOUL. Despite the fact it would look nothing like that on me I don't care. Want. Need. Covet. I think it's the silhouette and color and I also have a strange love of things that involve bare shoulders. But that back! OMG. I could cry.. Ahem. I'll stop now. >.>

Also the black dress (the sixth one) with the sheer asymmetric overlay and the... gloves? Or are those sleeves? If I were ever going to a red carpet event I would beg, borrow and grovel to get that one.
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
It's so strange because Raincollector, two comments above here, couldn't see anything of 'Metropolis' in this collection at all !! I guess it's one of those weird times when something reminds you of the inspiration source, or else it simply doesn't...

That white dress is a sort of backward halter-neck design worn with mega-huge earrings - they aren't holding the dress up or anything truly weird like that !!
Mon, 6th Feb 2012 (UTC)
That makes so much more sense! I was using the tiny screen computer and was just willfully ignoring/puzzling over what that was on her neck... o_O On that screen those looked like they did some sort of homage to Queen Amidala's dress at the end of Star Wars Ep I- gorgeous white flowing thing with a ginormous collar stuck on.

Ah and the black dress is gloves. Whew. I was very confused about how full-hand sleeves were going to work out over an evening.