Forget Chanel's New Vintage, Givenchy is where the haute couture is at.
Ricardo Tisci always stamps his creations with a tough aura that is instantly sexy and at the same time untouchable. The sleek, yet intricate clothes form a skintight shield on the body. The Givenchy woman wears armor that is a fusion of eclectic influences and a futuristic outlook.
I especially love the tribal splicings in this Fall 2012 Couture collection: it's like the Maori and the Vikings came together and had a baby, in the moody colors of the earth.
Aside: How refreshing is it not to see a single conventionally white face in the bunch? The fashion industry tends to keep models of color on the periphery, so I appreciate this collection also for going in the opposite direction. Now if only it would grow into a general trend.