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Givenchy Pre-Fall 2013: Skirting the Issue

Riccardo Tisci proved, yet again, why he's a consistent trendsetter with his directional and diverse Pre-Fall 2013 collection.

Riccardo Tisci proved, yet again, why he's a consistent trendsetter with his directional and diverse Pre-Fall 2013 collection.

This time around, the mirrored print-motifs he has already so masterfully explored, took on fractal complexity channeling Islamic tile-mosaics; their mathematical angularity made them feel new as opposed to rehashed, even in light of what seems like season-after-season of symmetrical prints.

Lest things get too severe, Tisci also reprised the cascade-ruffle details he began for Spring 2013. The ruffles either played up texture in heathered-grey woolens, or leant dramatic architectural volume to the hips of maxi-length, slashed skirts.

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Skirted silhouettes in general were central to the assortment's story, often occurring in tandem with linear pants within the same look. As Tisci has time-and-time-again put men in skirts, the daring gown-over-trouser experiments executed within this assortment hinted at his bold "two can play that game" attitude toward the pret-a-porter "gender bend."