With old-world woven tapestry to futuristically lightweight techno fabrics and a richly imaginative universe of inspirations in between, Givenchy’s Creative Director Clare Waight Keller’s first men’s collection is a powerhouse for trendsetters and fashion forecasters. Citing references that include Baudelaire, the late Hubert Givenchy and the sweeping style zeitgeist in Asia, the designer is particularly taken with the ‘exotic and hypnotizing style of young men particularly in Seoul.’ Where freedom of personal expression, unhindered by accusations of overstepping gender-based boundaries is blatant and beautiful. Overt sexuality is taboo in many Asian cultures and deliberate completeness in dressing is held in high regard.
For Givenchy Men’s Spring Summer 2020 the juxtaposition of the layers is calculated to contrast. Lightweight sheer nylon flutters atop a gorgeously tailored suit in Khaki. Athleisure wear tech fabrics are interwoven into the collection and elevated to be futuristic in tone rather than relaxed and functional. Pants are tapered and full in the leg, jackets are crisp and the shirts are skin tight or boxy and oversized. Yet, a hodgepodge this is not. Nor does the collection declare a ‘fashion movement’ or ‘style dictate’ of global importance. The Givenchy Spring Summer 2020 men’s collection is laser-focused on more than just the expression of individuality is it about a higher calling to personal style, and Keller’s prescience for fabrics, cuts, color, and contrasts is unparalleled. Givenchy.