Once upon a time the aristocratic house of Givenchy was best known for its patrician air and legendary collaborations with Audrey Hepburn, which introduced the Little Black Dress (LBD) into the fashion lexicon. But since taking over the venerable house in 2005, Riccardo Tisci has turned this legacy on its head—all with the master’s approval. Tapping into the atelier’s strict design ethic, Tisci has infused his own signature Romanticism and Gothic flair to ignite the label into red-hot status.
The new house codes now include leather, leopard, ruffles, and loads and loads of hardware. It’s a darkly sensual take on couture embellishment that’s young and purely modern. Accessories have also catapulted into the spotlight, thanks to the best-selling Nightingale bag, available in everything from an innocent blushing rose to a luxuriously decadent ombré leopard print.