…Or as my friend Chelsea who works at Sofia succinctly said when I breathlessly ran into the store immediately afterwards to show the girls, “the best street-style photo ever taken in Chicago.” Credit doesn’t belong to me, it’s owed to entrepreneur Colette May of Kindle Communications and her superb taste in fashion. Besides, who else in the Windy City would pair Givenchy with sky-high simple Louboutins (the best kind!) and an Hermés Birkin bag for a leisurely stroll down Oak Street?
Last year’s cornucopia of Givenchy prints accelerated designer Riccardo Tisci’s rise to the top. The Resort 2012 floral explosions were cheeky yet sensual, and belied an authentic sense of humor often missing from the corporate-owned houses. Perhaps that’s why Tisci’s Givenchy sits comfortably on the racks next to directional fashion innovators like Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Thakoon. At a time when so many other conglomerate brands struggle towards relevancy, Givenchy doesn’t need to rely on advertising dollars to ensure collections are included in influential editorials. The designs speak for themselves.