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Givenchy

A collection that is gothic in its mood and palette, lifted by Bettie Page pin-up prints in bold brights.

The look No rumour mill churns faster than the one at Paris Fashion Week and, as the Givenchy show began, so did chatter that creative director Riccardo Tisci would be taking up the mantle at Christian Dior. But this didn’t overshadow a collection that was gothic in its mood and palette, lifted by Bettie Page pin-up prints in bold brights.

Key pieces A knee-length silhouette was key, with pencil skirts in sheer fabric worn under heavier pleated silk skirts. Alongside the Bettie Page printed tops came ceramic-style prints in a rich palette of purple and yellow.

Commercial appeal The pin-up prints and almost bomber jacket shapes had a youthful quality, while the palette and silks were sophisticated, so the collection had broad appeal. There was a trend for naughtiness, in which knee-high hosiery peeked out from underneath sheer skirts.

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