January 10, 2013
Riccardo Tisci may design clothes for the quintessentially Parisian couture house Givenchy, but his collections never stray far from his Italian roots. For Givenchy’s pre-fall collection, Tisci turned to his fellow countryman Gio Ponti, the famed architect, industrial designer, and founder of Domus magazine. Tisci’s sleek silhouettes — straight pencil skirts worn over slacks, minimalist floor-length columns — recalled some of Ponti’s most iconic buildings, such as the Pirelli Tower and Taranto Cathedral, both in Milan, while his modernist patchwork dresses and blouses paid homage to the architect’s playful furniture and product design.
From top: Ponti’s Taranto Cathedral, 1970 © G. Ponti archives/S. Licitra; two looks from the Givenchy’s pre-fall 2013 collection; a Gio Ponti rug (image via arkpad) flanked by two of Givenchy’s patchwork dresses; Givenchy’s sleek slate silhouettes recalled Ponti’s famous Pirelli Tower, 1958 (image via gioponti.com)