Fusing haute couture that most of us can only dream of with basketball was a stoke of genius for Riccardo Tisci, creative director at Givenchy.
The collection was executed in a pallet of winter white, black and chocolate browns and garments were finished with pain staking detail.The unlikely pairing of the cream of the crop of Parisian couture with basketball gave the collection and edgy and grungy vibe.
Joan Smalls modeled a shimmering mocha floor length gown, with a dramatic plunge neckline and a slinky racer back. The dress was teamed with a pair of elbow length leather gloves, which instantly injected a modern edge. However, it was the frighteningly decadent nose rings the models were sporting that had everyone talking.
Sleeves were split and draped down to the elbows, held together by keyhole pieces to elaborately decorated jeweled collars. Wide leg trousers also made an appearance, Tisci upping the ante with embellished detail.
All garments had an almost stark, austere and severe air about them, relevant for the modern age with heavy zips in unlikely places and scales on the back of jackets that was reminiscent of armour.
Haute couture pieces are ultimately one of a kind. It remains to be seen if this kind of gothic and dramatic detailing could or will ever filter down to the high street.
By Freya Drohan