Ever happen to stumble upon paparazzi, celebrities, and a Givenchy show as you’re walking home from work? Me either – well, that is until Friday when Riccardo Tisci’s spring 2016 menswear show just so happen to be on my road, across the street from my apartment. The funny part is, I live in the southern most part of Paris in the 15th arrondisement, and you would never expect a haute couture to take place in a not-so-central/well-known area. However, the show was located in the beautiful Parc Georges Brassens garden and I just so happen to be lucky enough to view some of the collection without an invite (I might have been outside the gates in a pushy crowd of people – but it still counts). I’m going to leave the details of the show to Tim Blanks since I wasn’t able to fully see all the garments and detailing, but I will talk about the marvellous setting and other attributes!
Parc Georges Brassens has an enormous house-like gazebo located at the entrance of the park. It usually hosts book fairs on the weekend and is used as a parking space during the week. Riccardo Tisci turned it into a jail-like setting with metal cages and steel stairs as part of the runway. Due to the enormity of the gazebo, the runway seemed to be a side by side diamond shaped maze with models criss-crossing each other as they walked. The show featured big named models and an A-list front row. Naomi Campbell was the most exciting model moment, as well as Kendall Jenner, Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shayk, and more. Front row names included Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and now magazine owner of CR, singer Courtney Love, Giants football player Victor Cruz, and, of course, Kendall’s mother, Kris Jenner.
From what I was able to see, the co-ed collection featured religious symbols mixed with punk-denim. The ladies wore vibrant colors, while the men mostly wore black, grey and blues. A touch of sparkle was thrown in, as well as striped patterns and graphic shirts (or no shirts at all). After the show, some the audience and a crowd of fans stood-by for pictures with models and street style inspiration. What a great way to unexpectedly spend the evening!