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Paris Fashion Week

Givenchy AW16

Givenchy AW16-Paris Fashion Week Getty

These days the backdrop of a show is almost as important as the clothes themselves, which is why designers go to great lengths to create elaborate and dramatic sets. Though Riccardo Tisci's runway staging was actually quite simple – a wooden labyrinth with parquet floors in which everyone had a front row seat – the effect of models (including muse Mariacarla Boscono and Bella Hadid) firing from each side was arresting.

So too were the clothes, which were a play on Givenchy favourites – the monarch print appeared splashed on cape-backed silk dresses, their lower halves knife-pleated, and the signature leopard print was mixed with other animal patterns on layered, cut-away coats. Military elements, meanwhile, were injected in the collection by way of gold frogging and brass buttons on black or red silk bomber jackets. Elsewhere, mini dresses with flared skirts and long sleeves came in shades of champagne and were stamped with hieroglyphic prints while lace and velvet (the go-to fabrics for eveningwear this season) hit the runway as voluminous, carpet-sweeping coats.

Exotics played a big role in this luxury line-up – snakeskin trenches were matched to pencil skirts and knee-high boots and knitted jumpers boasted mink sleeves, while the house's new bag appeared in glossy croc in a range of shades from chocolate brown to raspberry; a must have if ever we saw one.