"Such is the constitution of civil society that whilst a few persons are distinguished by riches, by honors, and by knowledge, the body of the people is condemned to obscurity, ignorance, and poverty. Whilst they cautiously avoid the dangerous encounter of philosophers, they mingle with the rude and illiterate crowd and insinuate themselves into those minds whom their age, their sex, or their education has the best disposed to receive the impression of their superstitious terrors". The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire. Gibbon, Edward.
Riccardo Tisci described his Givenchy collection for Fall 2013, as “the strength of gypsies meets the romanticism of a Victorian feeling.” A Victorian gypsy? That is an oxymoron; but this is fashion so creativity trumps logic; in Paris for Fashion Week.
Antony Hegarty, the transgendered English singer known for his hauntingly symphonic voice, performed during the show; it set the tone for the collection: The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization/Fashion.
A black lace sweatshirt, one of his signature looks, had an illustrated likeness of Disney’s favorite deer spliced with what looked like a classical painting. It was cinched with a red braided leather belt with two hooks for clasps and worn over a sheer, rose-printed silk skirt decorated with what looked like old-fashioned wax letter stamps. Molded biker jackets in solid black and saturated florals, were paired with slim sheer skirts.
Tisci mixed up grungy plaid and raised print on shirts. He trimmed long gypsy skirts in zippers and sliced them up the thigh. Very Burlesque. Basques that were similar to puffer jackets were affixed around the waists of many looks emphasizing the waist.