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Brief Published: 9 Mar 2015

PFW A/W 15-16: Givenchy

Givenchy A/W 15-16

All eyes were focused on the elaborate facial jewellery at Givenchy at Paris Fashion Week – a look described by creative director Riccardo Tisci as “Victorian-Chola girl”.

The kiss curls, braids, faux facial studs and giant septum pieces owed more than a passing nod to the style of British RnB artist and fashion icon, FKA Twigs.

The Victorian theme was more obviously channelled in the gothic clothes that Tisci sent down the runway – think black lace, velvet and jet beaded dresses and sharply cut tailoring. This was also echoed in the use of pearl and jet studs that adorned the models’ faces.

We’ve been tracking the continued rise of braided and cornrowed hair for a couple of seasons now – see Catwalk Influences S/S 14: Hair, Catwalk Influences A/W 14-15 and Womenswear Catwalk Influences S/S 15. However, the Givenchy show elevates the urban styling trend to the level of couture adornment. Twisted side braids also gave a nod to Raf Simons' influencer Pre-Fall 2015 collection for Christian Dior, which introduced Princess Leia braids into the grooming lexicon. 

Tisci’s considerable fashion influence and celebrity following – Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Katy Perry and actress Amanda Seyfried were all on the front row – not to mention FKA Twigs’ continued influence, will see this urban beauty trend continue to gain traction as a key styling direction. 

Paris Fashion Week runs until March 11.