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 locations 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. Pure, elegant white sets the tone for women’s wear: noble materials such as lace and silk, cashmere and cotton come together in looks informed by pure lines, a graphic touch and plays on transparency. Structured yet fluid lines meet sensual transparency in a lean, trench-style coatdress with diaphanous sleeves or a graceful layered shift, a white trouser suit emblazoned with gold ‘Givenchy’ lettering, an all-over lace jumpsuit with a cape-like detail, and a jumpsuit with ample legs worn with an easy cape-jacket.
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. Bold, vibrant fuchsia defines women’s wear, in a freestyle mix of lace, tulle and mesh on flounced, embroidered tops; wide, floor-grazing trousers, cocktail dresses with handkerchief hems, or a lace evening gown embroidered with a shower of petals.
In Corviale, a Seventies-era housing project by the architect Mario Fiorentino located on the outskirts of Rome, electric blue takes to the street. For her, cotton, denim and organza take the shape of a jumpsuit; a swingy, flounced denim skirt, dress or brassiere top or a jacket cinched into a peplum shape.
At Givenchy, pure, elegant and daring silhouettes bring to life a neoclassical fashion silhouette.