The long white dress is transformed by the imagination of Riccardo Tisci and the Givenchy couture studio. Raw cashmere, lace, feathers and silk tulle were used in contrast with pony skin, cotton macramé lace, metal chains and pearls. The concave bolero shape, a theme seen in both Givenchy’s new menswear collection and resort collection, continues here with material arching over the bust or shoulder blades. Tulle and organza grazed the floor yet this lightness was given a tough edge by placing pearls like studs along the seams of bodices where lace was stitched to swirl like gothic albino ferns. In some places the beading and embroidery was so dense that it rose out of the dress resembling forest growth. What may have been ugly in nature is celebrated as beautiful by Tisci and purified by white.
Photography: Valerio Mezzanotti / NowFashion.com