Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci showed his spring 2011 couture collection in an intimate presentation held in a cozy but fancy salon for the comfort of his clients. The elusive nature of couture customers suggests they prefer to be wealthy in private, away from Pedro Almodóvar and other celebrities, doesn't it? This season's ten-dress collection was inspired by Japanese Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno and shown on an entirely Asian cast. The headpieces, which no couture-wearing woman should be without, to be sure, came from Japanese Goldrake robots.
Suzy Menkes calls the ultralight dresses, some adorned with tiny silk-covered pearls, "works of art," reporting that one took 4,000 hours to make. "The sense of body skimming lightness would be quite beautiful on anyone rich enough and thin enough to order a dress," she adds.
Asia — China, especially — is the world region on the forefront of the luxury industry's mind right now. Vogue editor Anna Wintour is one of many bigwigs to suggest as much with her recent "Asia Major" story about Asian models "redefining traditional concepts of beauty" (whatever that means — it's not like Asian people weren't beautiful until now), and with her hopes to set up a Vogue Fashion Fund in China. Givenchy's casting keeps Asian models at the forefront of the industry's conscience, even if it feels a bit gimmicky. We've seen all-black fashion shows and all-black magazines, and now we have an all-Asian couture show. So who wants to do the all-Asian issue? And after that, who wants to do an all-"plus size" model issue? Though it would be nice if the industry could be diverse without all or nothing extremes.
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