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GIVENCHY SPRING 2009

Article courtesy of the AP News, Paris
 
Italian designer Riccardo Tisci has long tapped Catholic imagery for his designs, but his collection for French label Givenchy on Wednesday suggested he likes bad girls as much as good ones.
 

The starched white shirts and flat bow hairbands neatly perched on models’ heads were perfect for Sunday mass.

 
 
Ultra-short dresses with see-through panels revealing lacy undergarments, however, would send you straight to confession.
 
 
 

 

 

Tisci worked a bondage theme with cage-like waistcoats made of strips of black alligator leather or cotton embroidered with chunky black rocks.

 
 

Even a prim Victorian ruffled blouse carried a delayed erotic charge. Seen from behind, the transparent shirt revealed a bright lemon corset with thick straps crisscrossing over the back.

There were some bizarre digressions, like jeans with built-in leather chaps and black leggings with white arabesque appliques that looked like Mexican wrestling costumes.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.