Backstage at Givenchy Spring 2016

Friday September 11, 2015 – Pier 26

Back when Givenchy announced in June that their Spring 2016 collection will be shown in New York many thought the event was meant to coincide with the opening of the Givenchy store on Madison avenue and the 10 year Anniversary of Riccardo Tisci as Artistic Creative director. But no one would have expected that it would be one of the most sensational, symbolic, and spiritual shows ever staged in NYC.

The show took place on the somber 14 year anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks. Staged at Pier 26 by the Financial District, the set’s recycled materials and weather -orn debris looked like an abandoned ship overlooking One World Trade Center.

As sunset befell the city turning the sky from a bright pink to a  scorched peach hue, Marina Abramovic’s art performance heralded the start of the show .

Fittingly as Shabbat began, a live performance of the 16th Century Hebrew song “Shalom Aleichem”, which means “peace unto you”, was a powerful nod to the importance of this collection.

The jewish chant was symbolically followed by an Arabic melody and accompanied by other  music from various cultures and religions including “Ave Maria”.

For next season, Riccardo Tisci chose a monochrome palette, mixing femininity, sophistication and street culture. Strapped camisole with lace edges, fringes, feathers, a kimono tuxedo jacket and embroidered gowns.

The emotionally charged show was followed by an after party in a parking garage on Delancey street on the lower East Side.  Riccardo’s mantra “I believe in the power of love” shone brightly in neon lights against the backdrop of the Williamsburg Bridge.

It’s Tisci’s vision of the American Dream, which goes beyond gender, races, and religions; it is an hymn to life, to love and diversity.

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Photos courtesy of stylerumor.com
Makeup by Pat McGrath for Givenchy
Hair by Luigi Murenu for Kérastase
Art Direction by Marina Abramovic

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