As one of the biggest names in the schedule, Givenchy just took over Paris – drawing crowds, celebs and the fashion set to appear in full force – and maybe even get arrested, if you tried hard enough with the French police. We’re taking a look at Matthew M. Williams’ Givenchy SS23 womenswear – here’s what we got from it.
Some of the most famous people in the world are in Paris right now – and most of them turned up to Givenchy yesterday – either as guests or models. However, although normally flanked by swathes of security, Ye rocked up on his own, parting the sea of people trying to film or talk to him with a simple gesture.
In the show itself, Bella Hadid walked in double denim, and joining Ye on the FROW was Olivia Rodrigo (who was spotted later that night at the Balenciaga after party). Nothing like a fashion show to bring together your dream (or nightmare) blunt rotation.
After a strong menswear season in June, Matthew M. Williams’ Givenchy womenswear continued to forge into the realm of luxury too – with varying degrees of success. We saw fringed gowns paired with opera gloves, alongside beaded mini dresses and frilled mesh tops in multiple colourways form some of the brand’s more refined options.
In the accessories department, Givenchy gave reinvented versions of their signature mini bags, structural options and much of the classic pointed toe. Metal detailing came in the form of vests and hardware accessories.
A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW?
Continuing to fuse the functional and streetwear capabilities that we see in Alyx, we saw cut-off cargos and technical jackets, alongside long-torso’d denim jacket silhouettes and buckle details. This was definitely a collection which tried to cover more ground in variation than Williams’ menswear for Givenchy back in June – which was overwhelmingly well-received. Laying the foundations for a new era of Givenchy is a tough task that many have attempted in the path – but Williams’ functional fusion may just be getting somewhere.
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