The dramatic Givenchy show unfolded outdoors beneath One World Trade Center.
The Givenchy show gracefully paid its respects to September 11.
The French brand helmed by Riccardo Tisci showed in New York over Paris for the first time ever on the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks Friday evening.
The long-anticipated show began on Pier 26 just as the sun was setting, and the Memorial of Light commemorating the Twin Towers lit up in the background.
In an environment created from all recycled materials and debris — mainly wooden shipping pallets — Tisci showed an enormous collection — 84 looks — on an enormous collection of models (84 to be exact).
Tisci commissioned artist Marina Abramovic to create an environment that respected the enormity of the event.
In a program on showgoers’ seats, Abramovic wrote, “I want to create something respectful and humble. Because of the location of the show, Pier 26, is significant because of its position and clear view on the Freedom Tower.”
Her installation included a woman, standing in and out of a shower; a couple, in and out of embrace; a performer, climbing up and down a ladder; a performer seemingly dancing with a tree; and a slow walker, circling the venue while the crowd waited more than an hour for the show to start. They were accompanied by a live musical performance that featured songs in six different languages to “unite people without discrimination,” the artist wrote.
Kanye West, left, and Kim Kardashian were among the star-studded front row.
The star-studded front row included Julia Roberts, Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Hudson, Uma Thurman, Nicky Minaj, Ciara, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and more seated along the catwalk for the thousand-plus guests in attendance to ogle. Some 820 tickets were given out to the public, making the normally elite show more inclusive than ever.
The 84 looks ranged from louche loungewear to a flowing take on men’s inspired suits and tuxedos layered with lace for women to some of the most outrageously textural evening wear ever seen on these shores.
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