Purushu's award winning fashion blog was founded in 2009 while studying fashion design at NIFT New Delhi. At the age of 19, he wrote show reviews for FDCI's Designer Node dailies at India Fashion Week, New Delhi. Following a stint as menswear designer at Future Group (Lee Cooper), Mumbai in 2013, he relocated to Chennai where he continued blogging and authored fashion columns for The Hindu newspaper. In 2017, Purush Arie launched exclusive gender neutral fashion line. Purushu spoke about gender neutral revolution through fashion at TEDxChennai in March 2018.

Illustrations – Givenchy SS16 NYFW

Fashion Illustration – Givenchy spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

Let me put it this way – I watched one of the most democratic fashion show happening in a country that’s broadly accepted as modern world’s first democracy, Youtubing from a Southern town of the world’s largest democracy. Givenchy’s creative head Riccardo Tisci headed to U S of A to showcase the eponymous label’s SS16 collection. After what’s been exactly a month’s time after the show concluded, here I am in India, still reminiscing Riccardo Tisci’s democratized runway show. The show is yet another example to the increasing notion of appreciating diversity in fashion. The looks were a melange of womenswear, menswear and haute couture ensembles. The inspiration came from broadened Geographic horizons and the show engaged everybody’s participation from public and fashion students to the likes of Kim-Kanye and Anna Wintour. From the music to Mr. Tisci’s creations, Givenchy SS16 radiates multi-cultural influences.

Bejewelled make-up at Givenchy SS16

The facial jewellery make-up with intricate gold trims draws parallel with traditional Indian bridal jewellery. The black sheer-opaque gown with Eastern origami influence easily goes into my best-list this season. Another long sleeve gown drew influence from Middle-East in form of mosaics. There was abundance of tribal influence, most notably feathers, piercings and ornate masks. The menswear pieces had an elegant outlook. Though it is a far cry from the bloody stains and prints from previous season, they all had Riccardo Tisci’s signature dark gothic influence. The colour palette itself was primarily in monochrome black and white with a bit of nudes. Givenchy’s show coincided with 9/11’s 14th anniversary and the show was a quiet homage to honour the occasion. On that note, here are some of my favourite looks from Givenchy SS16 that was showcased to 800+ New Yorkers with the view of Freedom Tower in backdrop.

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