Givenchy Fall 2011 Couture Collection

Posted on July 07, 2011

It’s become designer Riccardo Tisci’s practice in recent seasons to tone down the theatricality and let the clothes do the talking. Continuing in that vein, this collection was presented in three separate rooms entitled, “Angels,” “Bird of Paradise,” and “Clouds,” which should give you some idea of what to expect going in. The pieces are airy and ethereal, not to mention very, very beautiful. The palette runs the gamut from white to off-white, but we can’t complain when the results are so breathtaking. Tisci described it as “very pure and soft and fragile; a romantic dream.” We’d say he nailed it, then. This is what couture is about, insanely beautiful garments made with the absolute highest skill, utilizing the very finest materials. The only criticism we have is that this is all a bit expected and too similar to previous collections. Still, we can only imagine how beautiful these pieces look in person.

[Photo Credit: givenchy.com

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  • Anonymous

    I only really like the 2nd and 9th dresses

  • Anonymous

    no.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is boring as hell.  Yes, they’re exquisitely made.  It still doesn’t stop them from being a total snoozefest.  And what is with all the see-through skirts?  Isn’t it time to let that trend die a horrible yet natural death?  The only one that doesn’t include seeing either the model’s granny panties or their gauzy nipples looks like it came from my great-great grandmother’s wedding trunk.  Just looking at that thing makes me claustrophobic.  Either They’re naked or they’re bundled up like a19th century school marm.

    Oy.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m not loving any of these.  I’m totally done with the sheer skirts/grannie panties stuff, it so very rarely works.  And no more nipples either.  I feel this is a little overworked, I wouldn’t use the word “ethereal” on things so heavily beaded and appliqued.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Gorgeous, but I agree that it looks almost exactly like last season.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, big honking zippers and ass cheeks. Gorgeous.

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    If I let go of the notion that I could ever wear them,* I can appreciate these for the lovely works of art they are.

    *sob

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYRFWPE2ULFUTO2ZDO32JWCUAM Paul

    French poodles at the French Riviera.

  • http://twitter.com/verascity Vera Sticker

    I hate everything about it, to be honest.

  • Anonymous

    Demure lace or ass hanging out.  Choose one.  Too much of this looks Victorian whore to me.

  • Anonymous

    Demure lace or ass hanging out.  Choose one.  Too much of this looks Victorian whore to me.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely, but boring.
    Most would have looked much nicer on a model of color.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely, but boring.
    Most would have looked much nicer on a model of color.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I’m weary of see-through skirts. I like the third from the last, without the overskirt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I’m weary of see-through skirts. I like the third from the last, without the overskirt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_COO4CCCPEVDT7IG5IOVGN3AZAM Its Yo Hipsta Treyshon

    Sheer bell bottoms over granny panties?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_COO4CCCPEVDT7IG5IOVGN3AZAM Its Yo Hipsta Treyshon

    Sheer bell bottoms over granny panties?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Ricardo. You had me at ‘clouds’. ^_^

  • Megan Stoner

    Did they photoshop breasts INTO the last picture? Because those are so distractingly fake-looking that I didn’t even notice at first how much I hated the dress.

    • bookish

      I think it looks like those joke t-shirts with screen printed bikini bodies. Very strange.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    I guess this sheer trend isn’t going away… That first dress is very vulgar.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Teresa-Rebecca-Cunningham/100000219160779 Teresa Rebecca Cunningham

      Plus the lace makes it look like she’s growing mold. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

    No Granny Panties Ever!

  • Anonymous

    Blech. Over designed and under covered.

  • http://profiles.google.com/vispreeve Daniel Vispreeve

    It’s repetitive + neutral color – I know, but I love every bit of it! Looking at this comments it appears that I’m the only one who likes sheer gowns and “granny panties”… Call me crazy, but that’s the way it is…

    • Anonymous

      You aren’t the only one :) But it does seem the audience here isn’t generally the right audience for these.

    • Anonymous

      i too love these as i did the last collection.  the back view on the first look was indeed vulgar, but i found myself adding a lining here, removing a sheer skirt here and seeing ann hathaway and penelope walking the red carpet.  never thought i could accept granny panties, but this is sheer beauty.  i’m an old hippy sucker for victorian lace.

    • Anonymous

      i too love these as i did the last collection.  the back view on the first look was indeed vulgar, but i found myself adding a lining here, removing a sheer skirt here and seeing ann hathaway and penelope walking the red carpet.  never thought i could accept granny panties, but this is sheer beauty.  i’m an old hippy sucker for victorian lace.

  • bookish

    God I’m sick of sheer skirts.

  • http://thepunkinblog.blogspot.com/ Punkinsmom

    I’ll preface this by saying that the closest I come to fashionable is reading this blog. That said, these are atrocious. You almost get the sense that they are creating the most hideous things they can just to see if someone is dumb enough to wear them.
    And the crotch fringe waterfalls on the last two are ridiculous, although, to be fair, no more ridiculous than the high-neck collars and sheer chest. Or the aforementioned granny panties. Or the oddly placed clumps of feathers. Or the peplum. Let’s face it, if these make 98 pound runway models look hippy, nobody is going to look good.

    • Anonymous

      You see a crotch fringe waterfall, I see a reference to ancient Egypt.

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan at all. Of any of them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GQIN74TNNQROY5JFPOWWBGJWEM andy

    Slutty bride–looks like the yard sale after a Guns N Roses video shoot.

  • Anonymous

    OMG no.

  • MilaXX

    It’s very pretty, but I feel like I ve seen this before.

    • Anonymous

      You have, in a way. Riccardo Tisci’s Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 collections for Givenchy were very similar. But it feels more like a progression than a flat out repeat to me.

  • Anonymous

    Love #8, the rest? Over it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m divided.  On the one hand–gorgeous detailing.  On the other hand–boring Victorian erotic postcards (nothing wrong with Victorian or erotic or postcards–but boring).  I am tired of seeing women’s crotches framed and pointed to.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3CGY36NG25QFIZQOLMH7SQTKLU andrew

    I’d love these looks if they weren’t sheer. The third look– not see-through– is very pretty.  Looks one and two would be equally nice if they didn’t have the see-through.

  • Anonymous

    Sheer skirts? Again?? And for Fall??? Just not getting it.

  • Lisa

    I’m just so sick of the sheer skirts.  

  • Anonymous

    Who would wear this and where would they be going?

  • Anonymous

    So I”m guessing we won’t be seeing these at David’s Bridal next year. Well maybe the one that Dita Von Treese shops at. But then they’d need to be in black. And I doubt if the granny panties would stay. But I digress.

    Hate them. Even if a ton of workwomanship went into creating them.

    I don’t know fashion well enough to call these boring, but the models sure don’t look very interested in what they are wearing.

  • Anonymous

    TLo, please tell us you were just playing with us.  Every dress looks like a joke.  There is nothing beautiful about any of them.

  • Liana Brooks

    Actually, the point of clothing is to be wearable. Art is meant to be pretty. Couture is supposed to be both. I’d say he missed by a mile. Where would anyone wear this? Didn’t we just have a TLo rant about Granny Panties under dresses? And the nipple dress? It’s like a Star Wars geek fantasy before they redressed for the PG market.

    And someone please get that sad boy out of the ugly Victorian bustle get up. He looks miserable.

  • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

    Fire the seamstresses!  They forgot the linings on most of these.

    • Anonymous

      I know that you are joking, but it is not the seamstress responsiblity to decide whether or not to line the gown.  She must follow the vision of the designer. I would imagine that if they get any orders from paying client, the client will request the gown to be lined. As for “borrowers” I doubt it.
      The work on these dresses is exquiste , lined they really would be extremely elegant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicole-Walraven/527225623 Nicole Walraven

    i would of loved a lot of these if the skirts weren’t sheer. granny panties do not speak of ethereal and romantic to me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    even i am sick & tired of seeing people’s underpants. outside of the personal realm, perhaps, they’re not a particularly interesting garment –especially this type, which is just bland. &, while i understand their lack of detailing is supposed to make them not compete for one’s attention w/ the dresses, their overwhelming presence does just the opposite. before you see anything else, no bobbles no baubles &, yes, no foofaraw –one sees oh underwear. that cant be good.

    truly a shame, too, cos while these might seem derivative of previous seasons, they might also seem an extension of the same cohering body of work. & that body of work, sans the passion for panties, is really very nice.

  • Anonymous

    Unwearable and unflattering to women.  STOP WITH THE GRANNY PANTIES!!

  • Anonymous

    Granny panties under sheer skirts will never not be HIDEOUS.

  • Anonymous

    Couture or not, there is just way too much WTF going on in these designs… If you are going sheer with a skirt, can designers please come up with something better under it than a granny panty?  Ugh…

    Note to designers — please kill any idea that involves any (and especially if all) of the following: granny panties, sheer skirts, sheer tops and zippers that bisect an otherwise bare back.

  • Anonymous

    .I understand this is a flight of design fancy, not meant for mere mortals, but really–I can’t even imagine someone like, oh, Tilda Swinton wearing some of these.  What a waste of those great skills and highest quality materials you raved about, TLo.

    • Anonymous

      Several of the pieces from the last similar collection appeared on red carpets. Cate Blanchett & Florence Welch both wore Givenchy and someone else I can’t recall wore the previous sheer topped one with an altered bodice. So hardly a waste! They’ll be lined if required and I’m positive we’ll see a few appear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Harris/1358701372 Linda Harris

    I hate all those see thru skirts

  • Anonymous

    I love the last one. Hopefully some star will wear it, although I can’t see how they would hide the obvious.

  • Anonymous

    I love the last one. Hopefully some star will wear it, although I can’t see how they would hide the obvious.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    I see London, I see France, I see couture underpants.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    I see London, I see France, I see couture underpants.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like sheer curtains on either a window or a human body. Enough. I agree though that these are beautifully wrought pieces of costume art.

  • Brigitte Coovert

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    i.e. slutty bridal gowns.

  • Anonymous

    What impresses me most is how they got the ponytails to look like blunt short bobs in the front. Every time I’ve tried, my hair still looks angled. Does anyone have tips on how to achieve this look. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow, it’s like every single trend I hate encapsulated in one set of clothes. Visible zipper tape? Check. Granny panties with sheer overlay? Check. Girly white lace? Check. Blerg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-Jenkins/506864334 Sara Jenkins

    Terrible.

  • Anonymous

    transparent skirts over granny panties? no thank you!

  • Anonymous

    I like the bag with floor length fringe.

  • http://thehappyheathen.blogspot.com Evita Smith

    Oh, please no. Among the many issues with these, are we still having big ugly zippers?

  • Anonymous

    I have been a maker of costume and clothing for many years and I can say this: its all magnificently beautiful, extraordinarily well made examples of the ultimate in Couture.  However I cannot envision any real woman anywhere for any rational or irrational reason wearing any of this anywhere.  So if that is the case then what, beyond simply creating beauty is the point?  There was a day when the couture was more than simply a breeding ground of ideas.  It was a milieu where people actually ordered and wore clothes.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful looks, ruined by butt cheeks and big-ass zippers.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful ideas here, but all the granny panties and sheer bottoms giving it an ‘edge’ ruin the elegance of several of these.  I adored the last collection…this does seem overly derivative of it, like these were the ones that didn’t quite make it in that go-round.

  • http://twitter.com/SongBird3411 Mindy

    No more sheer skirts and granny panties.  I hate these.  They look vulgar.  I hate the fringe around the crotch, too.  I really dislike every last one, to be honest.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you TLo. Absolutely exquisite. I caught my breath when I looked at these the other day. What amazes me is the amount of shaping and structure in the bodices when there appears to be so little fabric. I’d love to see some of these close up to see the workmanship.

    As for the sheer complaints…. we’ve already seen several of the sheer garments from last season on a few celebs and of course they line them where needed. But the sheer shows off the beading and the embellishment better than if it was lined. Besides, nipples on the catwalk – who cares :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637520850 Madison Chua

    There are pieces in this collection which I am sure Lady Gaga will carry very well. And there are the more “moderate” pieces that any socialite wouldn’t mind wearing to any black tie event. That’s a very nice balance in a couture collection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124162729 Igor Buarque

    why he keep going to the same kind of dress?

  • mcarlson

    That first dress looks like it has decorative plaster pieces on it. I think the 3rd dress would make a fabulous wedding gown.

    • Anonymous

      I thought bridal on the 3rd and 5th dress too. There are a lot of elements on both those dresses I believe would appeal to brides who are tired of the strapless, bouffant-y wedding dress.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so surprised by comments on these gowns; I thought they were exquisite!  I think some of the boredom stems from the models being in the same straight-on pose in front of the same bridge with boring hair and nude makeup.  Put a celeb in one of these gowns on the red carpet with diva hair, ruby lips, and killer heels, and I think we’ll all do a double take.  ”Wait–that’s one of those boring-ass Givenchy gowns we panned a few weeks ago??”

  • Anonymous

    I am with the NAYs on this collection.  The shower-curtain-over-underpants look needs to go away.

  • Anonymous

    Hate – HATE! – gauze/netting over shorts/skirts/grannie panties/whatever.  Hate.  There are elements of all of the looks that I like, but that gauze element just kills where it’s present.  Like the last look best, but let’s give the illusion that she doesn’t have nipples, eh?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t deny the beauty, but really, I can’t WAIT for sheer to go away. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m genuinely shocked at how many of you seem to completely loathe this collection. I really like it. Granted, I don’t hate sheer skirts as much as…..everyone, it seems. I don’t really get why, but it’s a personal preference thing, so whatever. I think they can be quite beautiful, but it all depends on how it’s done. And frankly, I think a lot of these pieces are absolutely beautiful and have gorgeous details. I’ll admit, the presentation is quite boring (bland hair, bland makeup, straight forward pose). I’ll even admit that it looks a bit like stuff we’ve already seen. But the clothes are still beautiful, well-made couture pieces that are an absolute delight to look at. I’m really quite confused because I agree with TLo 100%. Sometimes I just don’t understand people.
    I also don’t understand the complaints about nipples on the runway. I mean, come on. It’s fashion. Is everyone really that prudish? I just can’t believe it. Besides, if anyone actually intends on wearing any of these garments, they can all be lined as needed. There is absolutely no problem with a bit of skin on the catwalk.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. I’m really taken aback by the comments too. I find these just astoundingly beautiful.

      I don’t mind the styling at all, but then I tend to look at the clothes rather than the model or the hair. But I’d rather this than over the top, distracting styling. This makes the clothes look very pure, angelic in fact.

      • Anonymous

        Very true. It isn’t about the models, after all. Plus, a collection that’s so ethereal wouldn’t really look right with over the top styling. But not many other things would make me think of this collection as “boring”, which is why I was just as surprised as you. A bit repetitive, maybe, but not boring. I think all of the pieces are just gorgeous.

  • http://profiles.google.com/galalefey Gabriella Ripoll

    My thoughts exactly.
    I wish the rumors about him replacing Galliano at Dior were true. I can’t imagine what he’d do with the Dior look, but I bet it’d be fabulous. 

  • http://twitter.com/sparklewren Jenni Hampshire

    I think the entire collection is completely and utterly beautiful. 

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    I’ve never gotten with the sheer lace, granny panty look either, but I do like the last three dresses, and the last one is spectaular. With a little lining, I could see Zoe Saldana rocking the snot out of it.

  • Chantelle James

    These are breathtaking. I love the way these clothes hang on the models and create beautiful shapes. As far as the sheer with granny panties goes, if the skirt is going to be sheer I prefer granny panties or boy shorts underneath instead of skimpy undies or a half-slip. The granny panties give coverage and make it clear that the skirt really is supposed to be sheer. 

  • Jen Cook

    Why photograph these so that they are so washed out you can’t see the details? The point of these pieces are the details, and we can’t see them. Fire the art director!

  • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

    The exposed zipper thing is getting really old really fast.

  • http://twitter.com/onetimeko maybe more

    Did a little gasp when I saw these. Gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely hate what Tisci does for Givenchy.  It does nothing for me. And really, a dress that cost at least $10,000 and the zipper is an unattractive exposed industrial zipper? What the what?

    What that said, his designs do reek of couture (no so much the recent Dior collection).  I would love to see the detailing up close.  It wouldn’t make me like it any more but still…

  • http://profiles.google.com/sauchih Sau-Chih Feng

    What’s with all the granny panties and sheer skirts?