For those of you know about Givenchy primarily from rap songs or because of the Rottweiler t-shirts (a little something I like to call the Kanye effect), it is important for you to know that until recently, the house regularly showed couture collections. It makes sense, as Givenchy was launched as a couture house and creative director, Riccardo Tisci, really is an otherworldly designer when it comes to his couture creations (which you likely wouldn't otherwise be able to gauge from the floral-printed pieces that dominated the street style scene of awhile there).
First came the downsizing from runway shows to presentations. Then came a couple of seasons of failing to hold a couture presentation, with the excuse that Riccardo Tisci, who chaired the Met Gala in 2013, was too busy to design and show a collection that no one is really buying. And then the house released a statement swearing off formal presentations of the collection, as a result of a "movement towards a more personalized approach to couture." Thus far, we have seen that to include Beyonce and Rihanna tour costumes, costumes for the Opèra Garnier in Paris, and a small handful of couture dresses on some rather unimpressive red carpets, like the MTV VMAs (more about that ridiculousness here). However, last night, the Met Gala red carpet did not disappoint, at least in terms of Givenchy couture.
Naomi Campbell, who attended the event with Tisci, stepped out on a blush pink Givenchy haute couture dress that may or may not have been created exclusively for her Met Gala appearance. Model Adriana Lima wore Givenchy Spring/Summer 2012 couture. Actress Naomi Watts stepped out in a dress likely from the house's Spring/Summer 2010 couture collection. Beyonce wore a sheer gown from the Spring/Summer 2012 couture collection, and last but not least, singer Erykah Badu, who starred in Givenchy's S/S 2014 ad campaign, wore a look that Tisci created just for her. Long live Givenchy couture!