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What We're Expecting From Givenchy's NYFW Debut

Givenchy shows were once solely the provenance of posh fashion editors and genetically superior supermodels. No longer! Creative director Riccardo Tisci announced that Givenchy’s show next week, the label’s first in New York, will be open to the public. Tisci gave out 1,200 free tickets, with 280 reserved for fashion students and professors. Even though the commoners will have a separate entrance than invited guests, this whole thing has an air of Bolsheviks storming the Winter Palace. We’re excited!

In an interview with WWD, Tisci revealed that this is a highly emotional show for him. “My father died when I was a baby,” he said. “But my mom always said to me that my father would always say to her, ‘one day I will take you to the Big Apple.’ It never happened.” Tisci got to bring his mother to New York when he won the CFDA International Award, and now he returns a conquering hero, opening up his show to others from humble beginnings. It’s a lovely sentiment.

Expectations are high for Givenchy, and we’re anticipating a major spectacle. Here’s what to expect:

Marina Abramovic

Tisci calls Abramovic his “second mother.” They’re longtime friends and collaborators. They are close. Very, very close. Tisci’s guest-edited an issue of Visionaire, themed around religion, where he presented himself worshipfully breastfeeding Abramovic. She’s producing an unnamed “art component” for the show. Clearly, the artist will be present.

Riccardo looks thirsty.

G Girls

Tisci has a harem of loyal supermodels, sexy ladies that are omnipresent on his runways and in his campaigns. We’re certainly planning on seeing models like Jamie BochertMariacarla Boscono, Kendall Jenner, and possibly icons like Naomi Campbell, who opened his menswear show. No one under 5’10 allowed.



Tisci is beloved by stars. Surely a number of the guests from his absurdly fabulous 40th birthday in Ibiza will turn up for the show. Tisci is pals with Ciara, Jessica Chastain, MadonnaKanye West, and even the Biebs. Surely a few Kardashians will trickle in. Tisci was an instrumental part of bringing about Kim’s acceptance in the fashion world. “Now, every designer wants to dress her,” he told Details. “[At the time] I got killed because of this. But I didn’t care. That is a friend, you see.”

Bieber’s really working that spindly mustache.

Downtown Kids

Club icon and legendary party-thrower Ladyfag is a close friend of Tisci’s. We presume that she’ll be there front and center, along with a passel of other adventurous downtown-types. The guys that waited in line for Tisci x Nike sneakers have surely already secured tickets, along with girls who dress like FKA Twigs, much like Tisci’s last collection. Between his hip-hop connections and love for American pop culture, it seems like instead of this show being a departure, Givenchy is actually coming home. We know Tisci will be embraced.

We can't wait to see what Ladyfag wears to the show.
We can’t wait to see what she wears.

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