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Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2010

If anyone thought that Givenchy staging a presentation instead of the traditional runway show for the Fall 2010 couture season meant that they would be skimping on lavish adornments in any way, shape, or form, they couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, one dress took a staggering 1,600 hours to make.

That said, there were significantly fewer looks this season – it was a crisp 10-look collection, less than half the number Riccardo Tisci showed for Spring/Summer 2010.

It was fitting that the presentation was held in a gilded apartment on Place Vendôme, given the abundance of gold, ostrich feathers, and lace in the collection.

Inspired by Frida Kahlo and her obsessions with death, religion, and sensuality, there was a strikingly gorgeous, regal feel to the collection.



The most impressive feat of this collection was how even the most weighty, nude looks managed to exude the sensuality and sexiness the designer was going for, while staying true to the designer’s gothic, dark tendencies. Who knew gothic and nude could be anything other than an oxymoron?

One look in particular – a nude Chantilly lace gown adorned with degradé ostrich and appliquéd leather duplicating the pattern of the lace, was just screaming to be shown off by an A-lister like Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, or Zoe Saldana.