Givenchy Cruise/Resort 2012
New York: Much speculation has surrounded Riccardo Tisci lately, as the designer most rumored to be replacing John Galliano at Dior. At his current post, designing for Givenchy, the designer seemed confident as ever, presenting looks that were an evolution on his F/W 11 collection. The body-hugging pencil skirts and peplums returned, as did the eye-catching floral, this time of the tropical variety, digitally manipulated into mirror-image patterns. The luxe sweatshirts of fall were also revisited, the most striking of which was cropped above the bust for a play on the bolero jacket. Sporty influences continued with basketball mesh used for skirts and tops, exotic skin visors and lanyard necklaces. The quieter pieces were perhaps the best, however; sharply tailored jackets and flared cropped pants were sophisticated and mature, and two navy peplum dresses showed that the designer doesn’t need to rely on bells and whistles to create truly inspiring fashion. –Joanna Manganaro

Color: Bone White / Navy / Army Green / Tan / Black / Tropical pink and orange / Plum / Cerulean blue

Key Items: Pencil skirts / Tailored pantsuits / Cropped Sweatshirts / Peplum dresses

Materials: Double-faced silk / Athletic mesh / Sweatshirt jersey / Leather / Smooth suitings / Tulle / Satin / Organza

Print + Pattern: Mirror-image tropical flowers

Details + Trim: Peplums / Elongated side panels for skirts and dresses / Flap pockets / Piecing / Embroidery

Accessories + Footwear: Exotic skin visors / Lanyard necklaces / Rose gold choker / Wide belts / Two-tone clutch / Minaudieres / Peep-toe ankle boots / Rope sandals / Strappy sandals

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