i want: Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Boots

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Boots

My fall 2010 dream shoes are Givenchy. They come in many different options: sequined, leather, patent leather, velvet and wool.  They also come in different heights.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Boots

The boots remind me of witches and grunge. Thankfully they have a zipper in the back of the shoe so you don’t have to lace anything up. Very smart.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Boots

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Boots

I spotted these pair of Givenchy boots in the wild at Holt Renfrew. They are ridiculously gorgeous and expensive.  I’ll just admire from afar.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Boots

images: givenchy.com

Watch It! Givenchy Haute Couture – Fall 2010

I posted about the Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2010 collection a number of times on the blog. Those posts contained some video and I keep finding more video to share with you. This time around I’ve located some HD videos of the fall 2010 Givenchy Haute Couture. You can get an even better look at this stunning collection.

This is a making of video. It gives you a look at the backstage madness, etc.


This is a video interview with Suzy Menkes and Riccardo Tisci.

Givenchy Haute Couture – Fall 2010

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

It’s hard to comment on something so perfect. What words can express the tear enducing beauty of the collection. Some of the garments took 1600 hours to produce. Can you imagine the furiously busy women and men in the atilier creating these garments? They must be extremely proud they must be of their work. A documentary NEEDS to be made about the House of Givenchy’s couture division. Riccardo Tisci and his team are 21st century couture gods.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

There was no runway show this season and I have to admit I liked it better. The photos that are out their already are amazing. There are photos with the clothing on models and on judys. I like the differences the human form and judy show off in pictures. Nowfashion.com has some great shots of the shoes and boots. They go from the fairly simple sandal to crazy ornate open toed boot. I can’t wait to see more of this collection in the wild.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

You really need to see the high resolution shots available on style.com and vogue.uk.com.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2010

I’m always finding video and here is one that talks to Riccardo Tisci about the fall 2010 Givenchy haute couture collection.

images: style.com, nowfashion.com, vogue.uk.com

Givenchy Resort 2011

Givenchy Resort 2011

As with everything Givenchy, I love the Resort 2011 collection for women. He makes leopard print look so good.

Givenchy Resort 2011

Givenchy Resort 2011

Givenchy Resort 2011

Givenchy Resort 2011

The shoes are the only thing I’m not totally in love with. However, the ones the model is wearing look a lot nicer.

Givenchy Resort 2011

Givenchy Resort 2011

images: style.com and wwd.com

Holt Renfrew Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Womenswear Preview

I took a day off work and attended the Holt Renfrew Fall 2010 Womenswear preview.  It was a chance to see samples of the fall merchandise and learn about upcoming fall trends according to Holt Renfrew.

Fall 2010 Holt Renfrew Women’s Trends

  • The Masculine Topper
  • The Reefer
  • The Fur Trimmed Parka
  • The Vest
  • The Masculine Shirt
  • The Feminine Blouse
  • The Slim Leg – legging or cigarette; looking newest in prints
  • The Fuller Pant – masculine, pleated or military influenced
  • The Shorter Skirt
  • The Longer Skirt
  • The Knit Dress
  • The Long Sleeve Dress

Fall 2010 Holt Renfrew Women’s Accessories Trends

  • The Oversized Beret
  • The Knit Hair Band
  • The Loop Scarf – fur or knit
  • The Pendant
  • The Brooch
  • The Extra Long Belt
  • The “Stash” Bag
  • The Iconic Satchel
  • The Lace-up Boot
  • The Wedge
  • The Loafer – high or low heel
  • The Pointy Toe Pump

New Designers – 6126, Carven, Christ Shearling, Cinzia Rocca, Cosabella, Dylan George, Eight Sixty, Fuzzi, Helen Morely, Hudson Collection, Jane Post, JNBY, Lounge Lover, Marlies Dekkers, Michael Michael Kors, One Teaspoon, Pleasure State, Red Valentino, Son of John, TEXTILE, TwentyCluny, Gareth Pugh, Chloe, Peter Pilotto, Victoria Beckham, Rag & Bone/Jean, Rag & Bone/Shirt, Current Elliot x Marni

New Footwear Designers – Givenchy, Dr. Martens, Rick Owens, UGG Jimmy Choo, Donna Karen, Alexandre Birman, Rachel Comey, La Baccarina, Mou, My Ferragamo, Rosegold

New Jewellery Designers – Givenchy, Jenny Bird, Fruitz, MCL (Matthew Campbell Laurenza), Kate Spade, Brunello Cucinelli, Donna Karen, Fiona Paxton, Lee Angel

New Handbag Designers – Givenchy, Kate Spade, Akris, Carven, Badgley Mishka, Clara Kasavina, Stuart Weitzman

I am super stoked for Givenchy accessories.  Shoes, handbags and jewellery oh my!  Holt Renfrew will also be carrying my denim obsession,  Current Elliot x Marni.  It looks even better in person.  Rick Owens shoes are coming, I die!!!!

See all my photos from the event

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Ad Campaign

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Ad Campaign

The Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 ad campaign from Givenchy is totally amazing. I love the colour and composition. The cast of models is what makes this so much fun. Yay for the diverse group.  Of course I’m happy because Mariacarla Boscono is making an appearance too.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Ad Campaign

Complicit looks, and the promise of a kiss between two women: an ambiguous mix of masculine and feminine looks against hues of red, blue, white, grey and beige: the Givenchy campaign for F-W 2010-2011, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot in Paris.

Sophisticated images against a provocative background. In the forefront, the collection designed by Riccardo Tisci. What has people talking — and caused the images to make the rounds of the web even before the campaign has been officially published — is the presence of Lea T: ex-assistant of Tisci, currently a student of veterinary medicine, ex-model and transexual.

Tisci wanted to use her “for her fragile appearance and her aristocratic air.” Together with Lea T are the models Maria Carla Boscono — a close friend of Tisci’s — and Malgosia Bela, Catherine McNeil, Joan Smalls, Ming Xee and Jamie Bochert. The featured male beauties are Jonathan Marquez, Paolo Rolden, Simon Nessman and Willy Cartier.(source)

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Ad Campaign

Toronto boy Paolo Roldan is one of the Givenchy boys, expect to see him get very big soon. He was nude in the June/July 2010 issue of Paris Vogue.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Ad Campaign

images: thefashionspot.com

i want: Givenchy Spring Summer 2010 Booties

Givenchy Nappa Leather Open Toe Boots
Givenchy Nappa Leather Open Toe Boots
Perfect little adjustable slouch bootie. Available online at luisaviaroma.com and Saks.com.

Givenchy Lace-insert patent-leather sandals
Givenchy Lace-insert patent-leather sandals
I love the lace and patent sandal in this colour but you can also get in it black. The shoe is available online at
Net-a-porter, Saks.com (black version) and farfetch.com (both colours).

images: net-a-porter, luisaviaroma.com

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

I wasn’t freaking out over the Givenchy Spring 2010 couture show. I was expecting to but found myself liking about half the collection.  I loved the feathers, shorts, ruffles, beading and sheer elements of the collection.

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

I loved all the pieces in neutral colours but that feeling wasn’t uniform when it went the colour came out of the woodwork.  The blue and green embellished jumpsuits reminded me of Christmas ornaments.  I loved the purple ruffled dresses.

Givenchy Couture Spring 2010

I missed Mariacarla’s strut, but my girl Rose was there.  I wasn’t a fan the eye makeup.  The shoes were very cute.

I have to one question, Ciara as Riccardo Tisci’s muse?  Really, WTF.  To top it all off, trying to mooch out of paying for couture pants, this isn’t ready to wear girly.

images: style.com

What the Footwear Buyers are saying about Paris Fashion Week Spring 2010

I was reading the Retailers React to Paris Collections on wwd.com. It talked to some buyers about footwear trends for Spring 2010.

Givenchy Spring 2010 Wedges
Givenchy Spring 2010 Wedges

Bridget Cosgrave, Fashion & Buying Director, Matches, London
Strongest Trends:

  • Refined ethnic influences
  • Mixes of color such as red and gold with leopard print or beading
  • Lots of metallics

Directional Styles:
“The new tribute from YSL with a triangular piece across the heel.”

Ones to Watch:

  • Mechante
  • Pan e Tulipani for handmade beaten-up boots
Jil Sander Spring 2010
Jil Sander Spring 2010

Tracy Margolies, VP & DMM of women’s footwear, Saks Fifth Avenue
Strongest Trends:

  • pring boots
  • Wedges
  • Mid-heels
  • Clogs
  • Sandal booties
  • Novelty materials in shoes (for instance, stretch jersey, mesh, lace, PVC and lucite heels)

Directional Styles:
“McQueen’s runway ‘armadillo’ shoes and the Jimmy Choo sandals that light up.”

“Must-Carry” Styles from Paris:

  • Givenchy’s stretch jersey sandals
  • Camilla Skovgaard’s booties with tread bottom
  • Christian Louboutin peep toe mesh pumps

geekiviews: Flora by Gucci

I received the Flora by Gucci Eau du Toilette in a swag bag from an event. I can’t remember which one (If any friends out there remember what event, please comment!). I like floral based perfumes, so I thought I would give it a shot. Turns out I like it. It’s sweet smelling; a mixture of fruit and flowers at first. It finishes with a heavy base. I don’t normally like patchouli but it works for me in this combination. It’s a girl’s fragrance and nowhere near the androgynous zone. It’s very strong and you have to remember that when applying. I do find myself reaching for this perfume a lot in the morning.

Flora by Gucci Bottle

Flora’s olfactory pyramid is composed around the floral theme, with top notes of citrus and peony, a heart of rose and osmanthus — a Chinese flower with a distinct floral fruit and leather aroma — and sandalwood and patchouli on the base. Giannini and the P&G fragrance team developed the scent with Firmenich.

This is Gucci’s second perfume geared to the younger customer. I always love to read about inspirations.  I thought the perfume and the ads were beautiful.  I love the long black and white silk chiffon gown.

Flora by Gucci Ad Campaign with Abbey Lee


Turning to the archived Flora print for inspiration for the scent’s concept came naturally to Giannini. First used on a Gucci scarf made for Princess Grace in 1966, Flora was also utilized on many different Gucci apparel and accessory items — some of which Giannini’s mother wore.

“I was in love with the idea of a floral fragrance, and having the idea of naming the perfume Flora, everything was consequential. I wanted to give Flora a new freshness, so I decided to keep the same floral pattern but make it not so literal with all 25 colors, but black and white, more graphic and correct for the project,” said Giannini…

To design Flora’s hexagon-shaped clear glass flacon, Giannini recalled the architectural lines of the Gucci by Gucci bottle. Giannini also chose to accent the juice a champagne color and incorporated another of the Gucci motifs in the small bamboo gold tassels trimming the ends of the black ribbon bow tied around the flacon’s neck.

The Gucci website says the font used to write Flora on the bottle is from the script of Guccio Gucci’s signature. The commercial by Chris Cunningham is very cool.

The black-and-white Flora print is featured on the scent’s packaging, but Giannini also printed it onto a butterflylike long silk chiffon gown worn by Australian model Abbey Lee in the scent’s advertising campaign. Shot by Chris Cunningham in a cornfield in Latvia, Lee is depicted in the middle of more than 40,000 silk flowers moving in tempo with the wind to the tune of an original remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” Inez & Vinoodh photographed Flora’s print advertising visuals.

And her’s the making of Flora commercial video for kicks.

I like Flora more than the Givenchy Hot Couture Eau du Toilette I received in a swag bag last year. Swag bags are the only reason I started wearing perfume again. I went years without it. I like Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb the best. I think Hot Couture, Flowerbomb and Flora are similar enough to make that kind of comparison.

All quotes are from WWD: Gucci Fashions a Flirtatious Fragrance
images: wwd.com

Givenchy Haute Couture – Fall 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture, Hot Damn. I’m always excited to see what is going to come out of Riccardo Tisci. Here is a young man that is keeping the tradition of couture alive. This collection was heavily influenced by Morocco.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

The details were just incredible on the clothes and man on the models. I died when I saw those gold crystallized faces. This is my Haute Couture show of the season. I’m calling it now.

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture - Fall 2009

I’ve gone crazy with the photos so you can see what I’m gushing about. I’m hoping the rest just get better after Givenchy.

Check out Jak&Jil for some amazing shots.

images: Style.it and WWD.

i want Givenchy Spring 2009 shoes.

Givenchy has some amazing, amazing shoes right now.

Givenchy Cut-out shoe boots

Givenchy Cutout Shoe Boot

Christian Louboutin did a fuchsia shoe last season, but I think this Givenchy one is much superior. I see me in these with the Alexander McQueen dress I tried on at Holts. I’m freaking myself out.

Givenchy Crossed strap sandals

Givenchy Crossed strap sandals

Givenchy Silver strap sandal

Givenchy Silver strap sandal

I’m really smitten with these sandals. They are like the perfect all around summer shoe.

Givenchy Lace ankle sandals

Givenchy Lace ankle sandals

EDIT: I saw the Givenchy Lace ankle sandals at Browns on Bloor Street in Toronto today. They must have just arrived and they have both black and white. – Feb 14, 2009

Givenchy Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008

Givenchy Haute Couture – Spring Summer 2008
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This collection is weird. I really like some of the minimalist pieces, but they don’t represent couture to me. As a member of The Fashion Spot said, who really needs $20,000 leggings. It’s very ready to wear. The last two dresses are more what I’m looking for. I felt the collection didn’t have a single direction or theme. It was like he did three collections: minimalist, ethereal and highly structured.

images: thefashionspot