TAKEN FROM OUR AUTUMN/FALL 2022 ISSUE, ORDER YOUR COPY HERE…
Traditionally, haute couture atelier and everyday dress sit worlds apart, but for Givenchy, the polarity need not be so distant. Display Matthew M. Williams’ nexus of performance but made practical, for Autumn/Winter 2022 Women’s and Men’s Ready-to-Wear collection, ‘chic nonchalance’ is the arc of identity.
With sharp, tailored femininity taking centre stage, in silhouettes both formal and informal, pure and audacious. A myriad of materials from denim to sequins enhance the notion of practical ornamentality, while silhouettes become fluid, taking cues from outerwear, in a palette of rich browns, greens, greys and blacks. A synthesis of Parisian and American influence, washed jerseys are rendered in graphics and 4d print embroidery, while classic tailoring is articulated in doublebreasted suits in dexterous wools and flannels.
Taking notes from the namesake and founder’s couture archive, hardware translates as jewellery and pearls evolve into studs. A reworked ocelot print from 1955 is reimagined through masculine outerwear, tracing the past to the modern day, as black thistle embroideries, alongside the pearl motif echo into the accessories and shoes. Leading with leather, from trousers, and skirts to a secret second-skin, new bags uphold a more freeing construction, the new G-Hobo bag, showcases the signature lock and the softly quilted 4G Soft bags that also experiment with new dimensions.
Traversing the ground, the TK-360 sneaker continues the narrative of form and function in unity, offering a radical custom-moulded silhouette featuring a classic stretch-knit integrated with the soul, allowing the wearer to walk directly on knit. While the sneaker was first introduced into the men’s collection for Pre-fall 2022, the shoe soon became integral to the Maison, filtering into Womenswear for this season. Fusing technical and innovation with leading visual spirit, the novel version of the TK-360+ is constructed in a single piece, with grid-like grooves, and contrasting notes of pink and violet. Available in tonal versions (black and ultraviolet) or in white, silver grey or black with gradient gridwork, the TK-360+ neatly confirms the direction of Matthew
M. Williams’ revolutionary vision for the house of Givenchy.