Alexander Wang, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Kim Kardashian West, and Kanye West to name a few were seated amongst benches and a runway crafted from recycled materials, a scene reminiscent of a Brazilian favela. Performance artists decorated the set, each performance symbolizing different meanings from living in the moment, to the cleansing of the spirit. Artistic director, Marina Abramovic’s, hope for the night was “to create something respectful and humble”.
The scene took place on Pier 26 at dusk, the Freedom Tower and twin beams of light as the backdrop. It was a somber day of remembrance, but also a beautiful showing of respect and romance. Abramovic and Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy’s creative director, worked hard to create the night just as such.
The night began 45 minutes behind schedule, evidently due to the late arrival of West. After West’s arrival, the show was opened with Tisci’s longtime muse, Mariacarla Boscono, sporting a lacy white camisole and a relaxed fit trouser.
As the show progressed a trend of black and white with plays of femininity and masculinity emerged. From soft negligee-like tops matched with statement making trousers, to dramatic textured gowns paired with jeweled face masks. 88 looks went down the runway, both women’s and men’s ready-to-wear pieces, Givenchy Denim items, and haute couture pieces.
A moving rendition of “Ave Maria” finished up the night was without a doubt every bit as romantic, reflective, and respectful as Tisci and Abramovic hoped.