A Case of Stripey Synchronicity
It’s safe to say that designer Suwha Hong doesn’t have much in common with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci. The London-based Hong practiced corporate law prior to launching her eponymous collection of modern millinery and gamine, tailored outerwear. Tisci, well, he’s the guy who was making tour costumes for Michael Jackson before he died, among other things. For all their differences, however, Tisci and Hong seem to have had a meeting of the minds this season, agreeing that the key piece in any woman’s closet should be a sharp-shouldered, boldly striped jacket. See the pics above.
“Well, they’re not identical,” pointed out Hong, upon being shown the photo of the Givenchy look that opened the Spring 2010 show in Paris. “But it is interesting that the idea works both in his context and in mine.” Tisci’s context, for the record, was Arabism and sixties Roman couture. Hong, meanwhile, was imagining a young Jackie O on a cruise, and more generally, musing on the stripe as she introduced a new category of knits. “I don’t think anything else in the collection is particularly Givenchy-esque,” Hong noted, while perusing runway photos on an iPhone. “I think for the most part, this collection is pretty me.”