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Givenchy Haute Couture A/W11

Riccardo Tisci presented an all-white line of long sheer skirts, flowing sleeves and structured high-necklines as a continuation of last year's couture collection

Last night, Givenchy held its usual couture presentation – a tasteful event held in private, 19th century apartments on Place Vendôme, enjoyed with a glass of champagne or strawberry juice in hand. The collection felt like a pared down, organic continuation of last year – Riccardo Tisci left behind the lime tones and samurai-like shoulders pads. Instead, he opted for an all-white line, with the occasional silver garment. The silhouettes were in majority composed of a strapless bodysuits onto which were added long, sheer skirts, much embroidery, and beaded boleros.

As usual, the breathtakingly minutious details were the star of the show: scales and floral petals appeared on practically each design, embellishing necklines, shoulders, lower back or rising from the hemline. A silver skirt stood out by its covering of the frontal body, yet unveiling of the side of the legs; turtle necks and back zips are contributed to making an intricate, surprising show. We particularly liked a small hand bag made out of curled goose feathers, that reached the floor, with a handle made resembling a dog collar: a crocodile skin strap with spikes – a very chic dog, that is.