Paris 07/07/10 WireImage
Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci showed his first presentation-style couture show of ten stunning looks in Paris this week, having decided intimate surroundings and fewer looks was better than a runway for viewing couture. “My style is about the little details," said Tisci. "If a dress goes by with the kind of speed of my shows, you might go, ‘Oh, there’s a lace dress.’ You won’t see why it took 1,600 hours to make."
Inspiration taken from the Mexican Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo's life (including her chronic back pain) could be seen in the skeletal lace and crystal tracings of the aforementioned Swarovski crystal and lace dress, tiny bone-shaped zipper pulls, and belt made to look like a porcelain spinal column. The tightly edited lineup was exhibited in the gilded rooms of an apartment on Place Vendôme, a perfect backdrop for Tisci's lavishly embellished collection.
Yesterday, editors had the chance to take a sneak peek at the items available in Madonna and her daughter Lourdes's new clothing line Material Girl. Despite fatigue at yet another celebrity clothing line, their creations were quite nice — the intended demographic is buyers around the age of 13-year-old Lourdes, who everyone calls Lola. There were low-priced blazers and skinny jeans to pair with a sensible button-down and canvas oxfords. Those with more of an edge, though, might be drawn to mini corsets and sequined hot-pants, but those probably aren't wise choices for the first day of ninth grade. The whole collection has heavy Madonna undertones, with crosses, black lace, and tulle popping up throughout. The first shipment is expected to arrive in Macy's this August, with new installments to follow monthly.