The poem "Future Feminism" was placed on the guests' seats at this season's Givenchy show. Written by Antony, (of the band Antony and the Johnson's), the poem is a powerful statement confronting the gender of our society, and where it's headed.
"We are reaching the end of His story." :
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Easily one of my top three of the season, Riccardo Tisci's Fall presentation was his vision for the woman of tomorrow. The pieces he sent down the runway were strong, but not in a masculine way. Even the signature boxy graphic sweatshirts were belted at the waist. In place of past season's Rottweiler? The image of Bambi. In floral maxi skirts, lace detailing + romantic, victorian-punk hair, the Givenchy woman was proudly + powerfully feminine.
Luigi Murenu describes working with Tisci as the show's hairstylist, "When I arrived at the studio, the first thing he did was play me all the tracks of Antony and the Johnsons, and he told me, 'It will be extremely emotional, and I want you to bring something sensitive to the hair. It was extremely special," Murenu muses. "We wanted to represent the woman who wants to dream, the people who appreciate the poetry of fashion." (via style.com)
One of the most important ways to look at fashion + style is to find what it reveals + reflects about today's culture and society. In an awesome post by Into The Gloss, make-up artist Tom Pechaux explained his view on this 'strong-feminine' trend seen not only at Givenchy but all over this season's runways.
"I mean, let’s talk about America,” he added. “Is Michelle as important as Barack? Pretty much. Is Hillary as important as her husband, who was the President? Yes. In the same way men are much more assuming their femininity, women are much more assuming their masculinity. And I think fashion is reflecting that: we’re seeing a simpler woman, a ‘wonder woman,’ with a boyish side. And I totally embrace that; it can be very sexy.”
At Givenchy, the typical "feminine" adjectives were no where to be found. These were not subtle, pretty florals or dainty, delicate lace. With this collection; the energy and spirit of the gypsy, Tisci redefines fashion's 'feminine'. The collection found no power in a masculine reference point or influence. This is a woman; and she is free.