NEW YORK, June 13, 2011
By Nicole Phelps
A sure sign that Riccardo Tisci’s Fall collection for Givenchy was a hit: Zara already has its own version of the black panther print T-shirt in stores. Here’s another one: The designer himself revisited the purple-and-yellow-on-black floral today, taking photos of the original prints and digitally manipulating them for sweatshirts cropped above the bust, button-down blouses, and narrow pencil skirts. (That body-loving silhouette also turned up in vivid bird of paradise patterns.)
Similarly, Tisci traded in Fall’s baseball motifs for basketball mesh and surfing references, accessorizing looks with crocodile-trim sun visors and logo’d lanyard necklaces (logos are becoming a surprising, tongue-in-cheek trend this season). The b-ball mesh, used on boxy tees bedecked with huge blooms, gave the collection a sporty tone that seems apt for Resort.
Still, the number that we left dreaming about was the dressiest of the bunch, a navy double-silk long dress with a 1950’s-style swimsuit bodice topped by a super-cropped black sweater. It also happens to be Tisci’s favorite. In fact, he’s so in love with pinups he reported that the menswear collection he’ll show in ten days is influenced by them. As for his upcoming Couture collection, he wouldn’t say. And the Dior rumors? His lips were sealed on that, too, but from this perspective, his Resort collection looks like a designer in confident, I-can-do-anything mode.
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