[Loosen Up]: Givenchy Resort 2013 Womenswear Collection

Just when I found myself growing tired of the overflow of Rottweilers and sharks coming from Riccardo Tisci, he reminded me of why Givenchy is my favorite brand. The lookbook for the women’s 2013 resort collection has dropped and it looks really good. Filled with some strong prints and interesting new architecture, the collection lives up to the Maison Givenchy level of excellence we’ve all come to appreciate and love.

Said to be inspired by the gypsy influence of Hubert de Givenchy‘s former muse, Simone Micheline Bodin Graziani (known professionally as Bettina), the collection comes with a vibrant color palette and long, flowing pieces. Colorful paisley prints, complimented by geometric shapes, stand out as the defining pattern throughout most of the looks. A few pieces are reminiscent of the printed silk blouses and bottoms from Celine’s Spring 2011 collection. They’re beautiful. To make it even better, you ladies will be very comfortable. The collection is packed with oversized sleeves, harem bottoms, poncho tops, and sheer, négligée-like dresses that are loose and leave a lot of space to move underneath.

There were three details that stood out as my favorites:

  • The bilateral patterns: The blending, almost like patchwork, of two different prints into one piece is always an exciting effect for me. The paisley prints work great with this concept.
  • The asymmetrical cropped tops: I think this is a pretty cool piece of architecture. I’m sure we’ll see more of these in future collections.
  • The overflow of sliced sleeves: I love the work on the sleeves. Even the leather jacket had a zipper going up the entire sleeve. I think it’s awesome. I need to go find a pair of scissors!

Check out my favorite looks below and visit [The Must + It] for the full lookbook.