Givenchy Reveals Elegant Gypsy-Inspired Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collection
French fashion house Givenchy has unveiled its Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collection — 10 exquisite new looks that focus on leather and fur influenced by “gypsies you encounter in present-day southern Italy.”
Inspired by the Roma — modern-day gypsies who have faced years of persecution throughout Europe, particularly in Italy — Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci was drawn to the aesthetic of their nomadic lives.
Exuding confidence and elegance, the collection boasts sheared mink jackets with trailing trains that have been laser-cut to make the fur looks almost like lace. The caramel-colored gowns are decorated with wool, leather-covered buttons and coral-hued crystals.
Black velvet stitched into a bodysuit is adorned with rich jet-beaded embroidery and topped with a cloak that is lavishly embellished with coral beadwork.
Photographed by Belgian photographer Willy Vanderperre, the clothes are worn by 10 models of color: Joan Smalls, Lea T, Ajak Deng, Roberta Narciso, Liya Kebede, Daniela Braga, Grace Bol, Cora Emmanuel, Grace Mahary, and Lakshmi Menon, who stand against a wooded backdrop who radiate strength, romance and sensuality.