After being a guest editor for a religion themed issue of Visionaire Magazine last year, it seems that religion is the newest obsession of Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci. His Spring/Summer 2013 collection is creating quite the buzz for its Christian inspiration, after its Parisian fashion week debut. From shape and color to style and print, it is evident that Tisci had a spiritual muse while designing this collection.
Although fashion is sometimes compared to religion (think about the devotion and massive following it garners), it is seldom seen that the two actually be merged; this is why the Givenchy S/S 2013 collection stands out above the rest. Structured jackets over clerical collard button downs, paired with sharp straight leg trousers have a priestly feel. The motif of the Virgin Mary’s face printed on jackets, shirts, and ties alike is pretty self explanitory; however, Tisci’s gives himself creative freedom by adding afros or covering her eyes, to depict her in a way never seen before.
Tisci also explores fabric, pattern, and length with this collection. Leather, satin, organza, and moiré make themselves present against the run of the mill cotton. Knee length tanks and mutli-lengthed skirt like pieces, add layers and unexpected dimension to the outfits. Finally, eye catching jacquard and graphic prints stand out against the solid blacks, whites, and soft pinks featured in the collection.
Tisci continues to build is reputation in street wear, adding sports jackets and crew neck sweaters in every fabric, printed with abstract designs of The Holy Mother.
The line is incredibly interesting to look at and decipher, although having The Virgin Mary look back at you is bit creepy. The layers of complexion to the collection makes for great conversation, but most of all makes for great art. Watch the collection in motion by watching the video of the show below.Tags: Givenchy, Paris Fashion Week, religion, riccardo tisci