Indian Intensity @ Givenchy Couture FW09

With all of the couture craziness this week, you have to digest it in small doses. It’s overwhelming for your senses – and for your nerves.

Couture moves you like nothing else, in fashion. It is a true art form.

You will see more detailed couture coverage in this space over the coming days and weeks, but I wanted to share some snippets of the shows as they happen.

Givenchy was one of the best shows of the season, with inspiration coming from the Indian subcontinent, among other influences.

The harem pant may be everywhere, but it’s the salwar and jodhpur that I see more of. Both were at Givenchy in such a heightened way.

Great to see Lakshmi Menon sporting the salwar meets churridaar pajama combination. Incidentally, all those scrunched skinnies we’ve been wearing the past few years have all been courtesy of the churridaar – the original scrunched skinny pant.

Salwar meets churridaar pajama meets beat poet meets disco diva @Givenchy Couture FW09

The white two-piece echoes the classic salwar kameez and more specifically, the 3/4 jacket and jodhpur combination that men of the mughal era sported. Its regality is not lost here. The embroidery even echoes the shapes and patterns of Indian jewellery of the time – the spiked orbs and especially the dot and cone pattern recall a classic necklace.Modern mughal @ Givency Couture

These two outfits only scratch the surface of the intensity of the Givenchy collection. More to follow as it is absorbed.

Photos: WWD.

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  1. July 8, 2009

    These are beautiful outfits! Very appropriate for winter 2010 but also gives off a somber mood, recession maybe?

    • Jyotika Malhotra
      July 8, 2009

      Yes, the effects of the recession are definitely showing throughout the couture collections, I’m afraid. See the Couture Goes Common post for examples.

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