January 25, 2009
Riccardo Tisci's pre-fall lineup was an aggregation of themes that the Italian designer has been working on since joining Givenchy four years ago. The Peruvian stripes were, he said, a nod to the late Latin songstress Yma Sumac, but they'll also be familiar to those who follow the haute couture. There were echoes of the designer's agro-chic outing for Spring in the collection's mostly black tailored looks, but this time they were tempered with lace and pleated lamé. If an aviator-inspired group struck an off note, Tisci deserves top marks for a Mongolian lamb zippered topper and his body-con knits.