The Givenchy Spring 2018 pre-collection was designed by the in-house women’s and men’s studios. Unfolding like a triptych, it displays pure, elegant and graphic silhouettes in noble fabrics inspired by three different localtions in Rome.
True to its spirit, the Maison revisits the classics amid the columns of the Museum of Roman Civilization, a mid-Fifties modern building by the architect Pietro Aschieri. For men, a crisp white suit reflects the season’s elongated proportions in a long jacket over straight-cut trousers. Other options for him include a lengthy, black double-breasted military vest or a tailored single-breasted jacket worn over straight trousers. Mink slides, mules and tennis shoes highlight the ease of the look.
The Palestra del Duce is the backdrop for the season’s most directional theme. Designed by the Italian modernist architect Luigi Moretti in 1936, this setting underscores an allure that merely nods to classicism.
For men, a statement-making fuchsia suit is tempered by a navy print shirt and grounded by practical cargo pant details. On a more casual note, the fuchsia signature reappears as ‘Givenchy’-emblazoned bands spanning the shoulders of an elongated camouflage windbreaker or a city poncho in neoprene paired with wide camouflage bermuda shorts.
In Corviale, a Seventies-era housing project by the architect Mario Fiorentino located on the outskirts of Rome, electric blue takes to the street. Workwear likewise informs looks for men, in long tops or a windbreaker paired with ample bermuda shorts. A highlight of the theme is the blue, white and black varsity jacket with a GV patch on the breast, an allusion to the Maison’s original headquarters on the Avenue George V in Paris.
At Givenchy, pure, elegant and daring silhouettes bring to life a neoclassical fashion silhouette.