Riccardo Tisci has created the perfect mix of old and new for pre-fall 2012. Not only did he revisit the incredibly successful rottweiler motif, but he has introduced new shoes–knee high boots in leather, wool, and sleek pony skin with flaps folded over, covering the heel and creating a dramatic new silhouette.
He was inspired by 50s fetish model Bettie Page, but has managed to blend her vampish sexiness with Stalinesque military overtones and horseback-inspired tailoring. You’d be hard pressed to find something in this collection you don’t like. It has all the perfect proportions of classic femininity and the rough, Gothic aesthetic we’ve all come to know and love at Givenchy.
We’re obsessed with those asymmetrical argyle sweaters with hems looping up at one hip, echoing the cool mermaid shapes from spring, and the head-to-toe pony skin number donned by Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls was utter perfection.
Tisci has unarguably done wonders with the house. With his help, Couture has its bite back, and pre-fall–usually a collection of basics used by retailers to freshen up the floor–is now a veritable space for new, interesting and bold design.