1.26.2011

The devil is in the details


So let's talk about Givenchy's couture show because it was incredible. Riccardo Tisci built upon the sheer diaphanous gown thing he really got into last couture season but this time with a more conceptual, poetic twist. The collection was inspired by Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno (watch the short video, it is amazing!) but I think there's also more traditional Japanese influence throughout. The swan continues to be the #1 fashion animal (dogs and cats may come and go but swans are forever). I've been informed that it's a Japanese Crane and not a swan, but he still elevated it to the utmost beauty possible by composing it from what looks like a million separate pieces. It's a dress fit for some kind of magical princess goddess but there's also very classic in the sort of dress-within-the-dress illusion that the swan's body creates.


The back view on the looks was even more amazing than the front, and these brightly colored shield-like insets are so beautiful that they command an almost visceral reaction. The amount of texture and depth created by all the layers of chiffon and feathers and everything else is totally mindblowing.


Seriously, A L L M A G I C A L !


Also I hated the vase-helmet-hat things so I I tried to crop them out of the picture haha.

(they would also make s i c k wedding dresses, non?)

16 comments:

coy colleen said...

such beautiful pieces, i love the symmetry on each dress. i agree, those last two dresses would be rad for a bride!

Madame G said...

I'm totally blown away with this collection. The details are incredible. Definitely walking works of art.

Hazel said...

It is literally a collection created for Samurai Bride Women. There's definitely a sense that he took inspiration from traditional Japanese armor. Very harsh but also delicate at the same time.

They WOULD make killler bride dresses! Wish more women (who could afford it) would opt for these beauties instead of that whole Romeo & Juliet vibe (that seems to emerge in wedding gowns MUCH TOO OFTEN.)

Cara said...

i would like the one with the pink in it for the wedding day, k ta. (HA. me getting...married. no)

Anonymous said...

oops…
not swans but cranes…
sorry

laia. said...

thanks anonymous! a little hard to tell without the colors.

Anonymous said...

true.

;)

G said...

Some of them look like lobsters have stuck onto the backs of the birds.

Paulina said...

I love them all... my favorite is the one with the swans

http://pauinomenon.blogspot.com/

Love your blog
-P

Kazuko said...

wow, i thought "oh, they look so japanese" at first sight. have to check out the video link.

tisci is a genius.

Golly Golightly said...

The details are so so drool-worthy. Armor work up top and flowy party on the bottom.

Flossie, Monster Munch Blog said...

I see your point about the vase helmet thing; it may be 'fashion' as such, but it takes away the seriousness and the beautiful detailing from the dress and makes it look typical 'cultural' dress and more fun than real fashion. wow those were some serious sentences! Am followng, love your blog!
Flossie xx

Glowing Doll said...

Wedding dresses should all look like this instead of the usual crap that gets churned out.

The geometric lines remind me of origami.

The helmets are pretty ugly though. Maybe they were meant to represent Samurai helmets?

nicolette said...

i don't care if it's a crane and not a swan, i just really want some swans in my wardrobe this year. so far miu miu swans are at the top (the TOP) but goddamn these are good.

passionlessfashion said...

wow. that's really all i can say; except, thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration.

cheers!
http://passionlessfashion.wordpress.com

ps. LOVE tammy!

james said...

Exceptional! Tisci never dissapoints.