Givenchy revealed back in April that none other than Donatella Versace would star in the French house's fall campaign, teasing a black-and-white shot of Versace with creative director Riccardo Tisci on Instagram. Now the entire campaign is here, and there's a lot to take in.
First, Donatella. Just like Julia Roberts did in the house's last campaign, also shot in black and white by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the designer looks strong and timeless in two tailored jackets with her hair tucked under the collars. Of the surprising casting choice, Versace told Alina Cho that Tisci convinced her by telling her she had been his inspiration for many years. "In fashion you have to break rules," she observed.
NFL player and fashion darling Victor Cruz also makes an appearance in a striped suit and matching tie, as does Chinese pop singer Chris Lee in a short fur jacket, displaying a handbag (see gallery below).
But what about the "Victorian Chola" aesthetic of the fall runway show? Tisci went heavy on the face jewels, nose rings and slicked down baby curls at the presentation in March — a look that would definitely lend itself to a distinctive campaign. But the group model images are more Victorian than chola, with sleek buns and only a couple of models wearing face jewelry in each scene. The clothing shines here, as does the elaborate set.
An A-list cast of models — Jamie Bochert, Candice Swanepoel, Frankie Rayder, Mariacarla Boscono, Greta Varlese, Isis Bataglia, Stella Lucia Deopito and Aliz Menyhert — stand inside a gilded mansion with walls covered in paintings and floors overrun with flowers and petals. It's an ominous contrast between nature and architecture that feels dangerous in a "Grey Gardens" sort of way.
See the entire Givenchy fall/winter 2015 campaign below.