Brutalist, bold, often beautiful, occasionally pretty sleazy and often chicly modern is how one could describe both Berlin, and the latest Givenchy collection, which was inspired by the German capital.
A pall hung over the Nina Ricci show in Paris. The evening before, the house officially denied a trade newspaper report that this would be the last show by its designer. Nonetheless, an air of finality about the event.
After seven years at Balmain, all fairly respectful of the house’s couture DNA, designer Olivier Rousteing looked into the future with high-tech PVC and space age materials. All leavened with a dash of Tina Turner folly.
Now that’s what we call respecting a brand’s DNA. From its birth the house was based on a certain vision of the future, one based on novel materials, above metal. Back when the future was the coolest thing imaginable.