Givenchy Came. Givenchy Saw. Riccardo Tisci Conquered. Riccardo Tisci Takes Manhattan

The Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Spring/Summer 2016 Collection in New York City Enchanted New York City

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Riccardo Tisci surround by models at the Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection fashion show, featuring designs from the women’s Prêt-à-Porter (ready-to-wear), Haute Couture, and menswear collections. (Image provided by Givenchy PR)

This season, the House of Givenchy, under the initiative of Artistic Director Riccardo Tisci, brought an exceptional collection to New York, as the city represents the capital of the American dream for the designer and for the founder Hubert de Givenchy, who were both supported from the very beginning by the American market.

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The runway at the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2016 Collection fashion show, designs from the women’s Prêt-à-Porter (ready-to-wear), Haute Couture, and menswear collections. (Image provided by Givenchy PR)

On September 11th 2015, New York hosted a performance show dedicated to love and sharing. With a décor of recycled materials installed on the banks of the Hudson in Tribeca, there was an unprecedented audience in attendance: professionals from the fashion world rubbed shoulders with celebrities, fashion-school students, winners of a competition organized in partnership with the city, and local residents from the neighbourhood.

The website givenchy.com and giant screens installed across the city, from Soho to Times Square, also broadcast the show live, while advertising buses made their way across the Bronx, Harlem, and Queens inviting a wide a number as possible to follow the event.

With Marina Abramovic, a friend of the House and co-author of numerous artistic projects, Riccardo Tisci created a performance which reached beyond the scope of fashion. Designed to be an emotional experience focusing on universal themes (love, peace, freedom, humility, spirituality), it notably put the spotlight on four artists who performed spiritual and cultural chants from across the world. True to form, Marina Abramovic also invited seven artists to host live performances on the show’s location.

While the event coincides with the opening of the new boutique on Madison Avenue, designed by Tisci, and the designer’s ten-year anniversary as artistic director at the house, it is above all to celebrate the success of the Givenchy style which finds equal expression both in the world of haute couture as in street fashion. Shapes from women’s prêt-à-porter, haute couture, and male fashion, all came to exemplify this two-edged style.

As Tim Blanks, Chief Fashion Critic of The Business of Fashion (and one of my favorite fashion critics and features writer) wrote in his review, “Tisci-takes-Manhattan could logically have been the rationale for a super-urban extravaganza, in keeping with the sportswear that has propelled Givenchy onto the torsos of kids the world over. Instead, he offered up a beautifully measured meditation on the thing that really makes the world go round, love….Mixing couture and ready-to-wear, womenswear and menswear, Tisci rolled his universe into a ball that felt simultaneously restrained and rich. Maybe too rich in the sense that some judicious editing might have honed his point, but at the same time the stately, ritualistic nature of the presentation, with its liturgical soundtrack, underscored the designer’s frequent emphasis on the tribalism of his aesthetic. And, right here, right now, at the 10th anniversary of Tisci’s time with Givenchy, there has never been a moment in his career where he seemed more shamanic.

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The different fashion looks are exceptional reinterpretations of the most iconic pieces that Tisci has designed during the last decade. Black and white, male and female, strength and fragility, the tailor’s discipline and the delicateness of lingerie all come together in a natural way in a collection which has the feel of a marriage of opposites. It was indeed a collection for the ages and one everyone will remember for a very long time.