“The staging of Givenchy’s Spring [2007] couture - a heavy mist, water dripping onto a gray slab, an indistinct view of a raised tableau in the background - was enigmatic, until you knew the backstory. Riccardo Tisci, the young Italian at the helm, explained afterward that the collection was inspired by his hometown, Taranto, a seaport in Puglia, and "the metamorphosis of sailors into mermaids.”“ - Sarah Mower