Backing Backs

Backing Backs

>> Alright, I haven't harped on about a couture collection in quite the long while.  Not because I'm not excited about age-old techniques hammered out in ensembles that compete with each other in manpower and physical time it took to make each one.  I am.  I'm just wary of banging on about something that I haven't a clue about nor have I seen in the flesh to REALLY blow my brains out in florid and torid language.  Then there was Givenchy haute couture this season in an intimate presentation form and the presence of something that I'm hugely passionate about; backs.  Or what I mean is, shots of the backs. 

I've always had a pet peeve about some collections not being portrayed in their full glory because of the lack of pictures of the back.  It sounds so simple and obvious to say that a 360 degree view of pieces is a complete one but in some cases, the main features of the ensemble are all concentrated in the back.  For Riccardo Tisci, a literal spinal cord running through his collection meant that the focus was on the back.  The cliched phrasing of 'goth' and 'dark romance' still dogs Tisci's work and perhaps he revels in those labels but I think I prefer being tame and leaving this collection to just be beautiful.  Minus the skull zips, the vertebrae belts and other quasi-literal references and you're left with subtle references to Frida Kahlo's spine affliction that are worked with lace a-plenty, fringe-a-floating and control knob on sheer/opacity levels.

That said theme or no theme, I think it's safe to say that with most couture collections, it wouldn't hurt to have a back view for the mere mortals – all the better to celebrate the embroidery, beading,  complex construction and cutting and all other manners of handiwork done by the atelier peeps that normally doesn't stop sharply at the sides of a silhouette.



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  1. Nickie Frye

    2010-07-06 at 11:37 PM

    Woah, this is incredible. Almost made me shout out a naughty word! Amazing!

  2. All Women Stalker

    2010-07-07 at 12:21 AM

    You are so right. Often, people are obsessed with the front when the back of couture pieces are just as to-die-for.

  3. Tangent Magazine

    2010-07-07 at 4:10 AM

    Absolutely stunning collection. It’s too bad they’ve stopped doing couture runway.
    xo Tangent Mag

  4. kelly

    2010-07-07 at 6:07 AM

    very nice collage!!

  5. masha

    2010-07-07 at 6:16 AM

    omg it’s a so wonderful thing!

  6. Elena Vasilieva

    2010-07-07 at 7:45 AM

    OMG, these dresses are amazing. the detail at the back is stunning. it’s absolutely everything i adore about the couture dresses, beading, lace, embroidery and hours of hard work. these are truly gorgeous and definitely fashion with a big “F”. that golden cardigan is one of my favourite. love how it’s wraps around the body and gives this very chic sparkle.

  7. Z Fashion Blog

    2010-07-07 at 9:07 AM

    The Givenchy couture collection for this year was absolutely incredible!
    imo the most impressive collection of gowns for F/W 2010.
    Chanel impressed with a huge show, Dior with wonderful colours, but I think the real star of this Haute Couture season was Riccardo Tisci and Givenchy.

  8. Maria

    2010-07-07 at 11:27 AM

    incredible, so inspiring!

  9. slimbykings

    2010-07-07 at 12:23 PM

    You are so right! Such a pleasure to see an impressive collection as this from all perspective, they must keep it on! xxx

  10. Emma

    2010-07-07 at 1:35 PM
  11. S.Ella

    2010-07-07 at 5:24 PM

    The detail is so beautiful on the back. I share you frustration about not being able to see the back. I often find myself on wishing they had this new 360degree (like the burberry campaign) view thing so that I can see the back.

  12. Annie

    2010-07-07 at 8:30 PM

    givenchy is consistently my favourite couture collection. i’m not a chanel person, galliano always seems to do the same thing (even if it is always fabulous) and… blah

  13. Crystal

    2010-07-08 at 6:38 AM

    I’m so glad you posted this. In truth when I was looking at this collection earlier today I was quite curious about what the back of that black leather coat looked like. I could see a lot of detail was on the fabric but I wasn’t sure what it was exactly.
    Lot of other pleasant surprises on the rest of these that I couldn’t see! Lovely

  14. cheryl

    2010-07-08 at 6:57 AM

    this collection is the creme of couture! so stunning it seems to bring out inner beauty.
    the top background picture is real pretty too! where can i find it?

  15. fashion serial killer

    2010-07-08 at 11:23 PM


  16. Becca

    2010-07-09 at 5:24 AM

    This collection was breathtaking.

  17. Valentine

    2010-07-10 at 8:53 PM

    This is one of the best couture collection I’ve seen in the recent years and definitely the best this season… It’s just perfect!! I guess we’ll be seeing some of it on the red carpets!
    -the diary of a fashion stylist-

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