New York Fashion Week, which concludes today, marked the first stateside fashion show by the venerable French house of Givenchy. In honor of the opening of the label's U.S. flagship, Givenchy presented its Spring/Summer 2016 collection in New York rather than Paris. Celebrities in the audience included Julia Robets, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Hudson, and Kanye West. But the show was equally notable for the nobodies in attendance: 800 of the coveted tickets were distributed to fashion students and members of the public by lottery.
Born in 1927, Hubert de Givenchy is perhaps best known in America for dressing Audrey Hepburn for her roles in Sabrina, Funny Face, and Breakfast at Tiffany's, as well as offscreen. Now retired, he recently published a book of his sketches for Hepburn. His replacement at Givenchy was John Galliano, who was subsequently replaced by Alexander McQueen.
A high-low hemline is the key design feature of this otherwise minimalist slubbed silk satin gown from Givenchy's 1967-68 collection. Along with a jumpsuit of the same era in the Museum's collection, it could easily be worn today, proof of the timeless appeal of Givenchy's quiet chic. Artistic Director Riccardo Tisci--celebrating his 10th anniversary at the LVMH-owned label--need look no further than the brand's own archive for inspiration.