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Thursday, 3 July 2008

Audrey Hepburn turns in grave


Givenchy

9 comments:

greying pixie said...

And what of poor Hubert de Givenchy. He has the misfortune to still be alive to see this rubbish!

Who is designing at Givenchy these days? Do we know? I used to think it was bad enough when Julien Macdonald was there cutting his teeth, with his two tier collections, ie. partly his monstrosities and partly some very nice adaptations of the old style.

It's time to get Albers in!

Linda Grant said...

Riccardo Tisci designs for Givenchy.

indigo16 said...

Mr Tisci needs to write at least 100 times
"Less is More"
I always though couture should be more about the quality and cut of a garment, (not unlike your new dress)not this over egged dogs dinner. Maybe however, this is what the new monied rich from Russia and the East desire.

Deja Pseu said...

Compare this to the recent Resort show by Galliano for Dior, which was quite lovely and inspiring.

Deja Pseu said...

And I meant to add, I could see Audrey in Dior these days.

StyleSpy said...

Well, Tisci seems to be scoring with people like the Olsen twins and other downtown-NYC fashionista types who like their clothes faux-goth and "edgy," so apparently the company is going with it. But yes, it is a crying shame to see M. de Givenchy's name attached to these Halloween costumes.

lagatta à montréal said...

Such dross will be forgotten. Audrey will remain, a hundred years on.

Anonymous said...

While I think this collection wasn't great, frankly Audrey Hepburn belongs to the past. Hubert de Givenchy along w/ other living designers (Valentino now, Emmanuel Ungaro, and recently YSL) sold their houses, so it is what it is.

The worst thing about today is this need to keep all this holding on to the past.

greying pixie said...

In response to the above comment, it is the quality of the work of the current designers that is in question, not the fact that they are not in keeping with the past. Lanvin has managed to reappropriate its position as a leading Paris fashion house because its designer is competent, forward thinking and talented. I would suggest that the popularity of the unwearable monstrocities of the Givenchy collection amongst celebrities is because of its past reputation, not inspite of it.

I cannot see the Givenchy collection as modern, forward thinking, avant garde or any other qualities one associates with high fashion. It is lumpy, ill proportioned, heavy, unflattering and frankly rather tired looking. All this has been done years ago by Rei Kawakubo in a much more delicate, refined and witty manner.