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Givenchy Brings The Power Of Love To NYC

A giant neon sign at Givenchy’s afterparty declared, “I believe in the power of the love.” Love for New York was evident in the classic French house’s first American outing. The show took place at Pier 26, offering stunning views of the Hudson River and Battery Park. But of course, that view includes Ground Zero, and the event took place on September 11th. The somber date didn’t go ignored. Marina Abramovic, one of Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci’s closest friends, put together an introduction that included a couple wrapped in a tight embrace, in full view of One World Trade Center, as a Buddhist monk chanted. She also constructed the set, which was made entirely of recycled materials.

The show’s soundtrack was solemn, a mix of religious hymns in various languages, closing with “Ave Maria.” But the clothes were stunning. Tisci created beautiful, embellished looks, with silky slips and boudoir-chic dresses. A favorite of ours was a gorgeous Ie smoking suit; everything was slinky and sexy. They were the kind of clothes that someone else will want to take off you. The couture gowns in particular were breathtaking, with intricate lacework and beading that will surely be staples come red carpet season.

The crowd was filled with celebrities, including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, the latter creating a moment, as she would say, with a sheer blouse over her pregnant belly. Other guests included Ciara, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicki Minaj, and Julia Roberts. It was a spectacle, but it still managed to pay homage to one of the most tragic days in American history. Welcome to America, Mr. Tisci.

Photographed by Sonny Vandevelde

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