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Givenchy Menswear S/S12

Riccardo Tisci took over the Pompidou Centre for a collection of Birds of Paradise prints on army green, white and mint green suits, oversized jumpers and pleated mini kilts

Showing at the Pompidou Centre in Les Marais, Riccardo Tisci and his Givenchy took the premier Friday evening slot and made it his. Following his unfortunate power cut last season, the team took no chances. With massive windows surrounding the catwalk, the show could have gone on without light bulbs! Luckily everything worked according to plan and we saw a light and positive collection. Focused on white and two shads of green (army and mint), we saw another print heavy collection. Instead of bulldogs, Tisci looked towards plants and leafs for inspiration.

Jackets, pleated mini kilts and Bermuda shorts all came adorned in this print and it was even transferred onto sequined suits. Oversized tops and mesh T-shirts featured and well-fitted trousers completed the look with the help of Givenchy key holders and plain baseball caps. A few tops came short on the front and longer at the back, perfectly allowing Tisci to layer his cropped bomber jackets. 

Dazed Digital: What kicked off this collection for you?
Riccardo Tisci:
After a period like this, seven years at Givenchy and four years of its menswear, where we only looked at darkness I now wanted to find my darkness in lightness! So it was all about not using black, I've done that for seven years...

DD: What was the print?
Riccardo Tisci:
It was the Bird of Paradise. It represents romanticism and sexuality. Light and life. 

DD: Tell us about the sequins...
Riccardo Tisci:
Yes it was all about the technical beading, it was very experimental!

DD: Do you have a favourite piece in the show?
Riccardo Tisci:
The bomber jacket and kilt with the beaded Bird of Paradise!