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Gorgeous flowing gowns destined for big things at the Oscars and Golden Globes, pretty swirling and feathery cocktail dresses, innovative and well constructed tailoring, opulent furs and interesting leopard prints. That was the Givenchy Haute Couture AW 2007/08 collection.

He may have been fairly new to the world where even the most creative dreams are brought to life by hand, but Riccardo Tisci has embraced Haute Couture like a duck to water. The gowns in contrasting white and black draped over the body giving the woman a confident and elegant look. The sequin embellishments on the stark white dresses simply flowed around the gowns before letting the chiffon float off around the body. Cocktail dresses perfect for Parisian parties (see pictures below the fold) featured feathery mini balloon skirts in the softest pale blues and pale pinks. Other’s were so meticulously constructed that the trying to figure out how they were put together is near impossible…

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…The cap sleeves and stiffness of the baby blue dress (above left) hark back to the era of Romeo and Juliet, and emphasized by the with the sharp tailoring in the jackets that preceded it (pictured below).

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Following on from the feathers came the exploration of the animal world which included luxurious fur coats (which almost hide the most divine cocktail dresses), bomber jackets and top to toe leopard print pieces. While some were toned down with gradual leopard print, others were accessorised with hats, shrugs, belt, gloves, tight leopard print pants (or boots). The use of animal fur as definitely a bold move, or perhaps a little eccentric.

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Givenchy has never looked so good in the hands of a 32 year old Italian.