Givenchy’s Tisci: Sexy take on horse-riding

PARIS (AP) ? A year ago it was panthers. Now horses have captured the imagination of Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, whose fall-winter show in Paris on Sunday presented a highly charged and at times fetish-ized take on equestrian riding gear.

Jodphurs in black and sable brown shaped the silhouette of the collection’s first half, with oversized earrings like horse-blinders complementing high riding boots.

As ever with Tisci, there was a sense of danger at all times with chokingly tight neck scarves, loud, troubling music, and even one skintight leather piece ? based on a sporting polo ? that looked like bondage gear.

Maturing past his obsession with black, most of the looks incorporated reds, blues, and even pink pulling off a street-style effect.

There was a tangible 1970s edge as the collection developed. Intentionally crude stitching in one leather dress was followed by a series of intense-color slip dresses with clashing belts ? harking back to the palette of British glam rock.

Indeed, associations with rock music have been a key factor in keeping Givenchy on the public radar in the past year.

Madonna’s mediatized performance at the American Superbowl last month was a marketing coup for the house, the singer dressed head to toe in Tisci’s couture.

With P.Diddy and Alicia Keys on Sunday’s front row, it’s clear that Givenchy’s a ticket the music stars can’t resist.