Focus: Givenchy Bag Lover
Riccardo Tisci designs for the sensual, modern, and confident woman inhabiting the concrete jungle in her stilettos.
Riccardo Tisci designs for the sensual, modern, and confident woman inhabiting the concrete jungle in her stilettos. The Givenchy woman needs, then, bags to conquer the world with. Tisci has made a hugely profitable name for the house of Givenchy since his installment in 2005. Refracted through the prism of one of Paris’ grand names of couture, the artistic direction is now unrelentingly modern and urbane.
Fittingly, the stable of bags reflects these values and extends the evocation of the Givenchy woman. Strong and confident, she takes it all on and carries a killer bag. If she sounds familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen the countless photos of celebrities caught on their days off, toting bags from Givenchy. A-listers such as Anne Hathaway, Alessandra Ambrosio and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, among others, count the brand among their favourites.
The myth of Pandora’s Box would be more believable if what she had been tempted to open was a box from Givenchy. Though structured unconventionally, this bag retains its functions with a roomy interior and a multitude of carrying options. We love this season’s denim take on the Pandora and its backpack variant — an elevation of a workwear material.
The classic nightingale was reworked in Pre-Fall 2015. In place of the large central cross and logo-ed hardware was a more reductive silhouette, with the sides buckled to form the elusive slouch of a leather bag. We think this piece is at its most beautiful when travelling – the chic, utilitarian shape of this bag gives it room to fit everything you need on a journey.
Sharks are a part of the visual story that make up the iconic canon of Tisci’s Givenchy. Printed tees, sweatshirts, and shark’s teeth accessories go hand in hand with the Shark Tooth bag. It features a sharp and incisive silhouette, given an edge of the prevailing punk mood with this season’s stark chain detailing.
The Antigona’s popularity is the kind that inspires dozens of high street versions of it, some blatant, some slightly less so. The design is enduring because of its functional size and muted aesthetics, and lends itself to a host of styling options. This season’s brogue detailing dials up the monochromatic glamour by introducing classic leather shoe elements into the bag’s design.
Text by Gordon Ng
This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.