Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci is a man with a reputation.
A man with a reputation that makes fashion editors forget their normally cool exterior and enthuse wildly; High Street trend predictors hang on his every stitch and colour choice; musicians looking for concert-style drama scramble through handbags to get out their plastic; and us? Well, we just foam at the mouth.
Tisci is fashion gold. The strength of his designs, and the way he seems to create trends rather than pay the slightest bit of attention to them makes him the King of Paris currently.
For Spring Summer 2010 we were treated to a black and white confection of graphics, perfect jackets, frothy chiffon dresses, harem pants and leather minis. Apparently inspired by the Middle East, Tisci took his references and made them his own, nimbly avoiding cheesy cultural tourism and ending up with a varied, yet coherent collection that we guarantee everyone who's everyone in fashion will adore, and everyone else will adapt elements from it in homage.
With tongue firmly in cheek, we must say that M.E. wasn't entirely convinced by desirability of the mini dunce caps perched on the model's heads, but the other end; the feet, were encased in such platformed glory that we'll forgive anything...