This season, the venues made (almost) as much news as the clothes.

Riccardo Tisci’s collection for Givenchy reflected a clash of cultures—his two favorites happen to be Japanese and African—and the centerpiece of his circular runway hammered home the point: a pileup of smashed and steaming black luxury sedans, two Mercedes, two BMWs, two Saabs and one Jaguar. Tisci’s flair for theatricality is no accident.

Says Tisci, “It’s all about dynamism and fluidity and urbanity.” MILES SOCHA

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At Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane created an industrial-strength canopy of mechanical triangles, which flickered to life with lights and motion, creating a dazzling effect that had everyone pointing their camera phones toward the ceiling. M.S.

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