Givenchy Fall/Winter 2017
For his last menswear collection at the house of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci cemented his imprint on the legitimation of streetwear as high fashion. Diversity was in high visibility – not just in regards to the men stomping the runway but also the shapes Tisci chose to present. What we saw was a creative marriage of the conceptual with the urbanely mundane. A plaid shirt with ruffled appliqués paired with straight leg black trousers and high top sneakers. The cuts are abstract without being contorted or outlandish. What Tisci has managed to do with great study during his tenure at Givenchy, specifically in the homme division, is make high end ready-to-wear art without the pretension. His exit collection is no exception. With this particular effort there was a masculine etherealness which resonated. It may have been due in part to one’s knowledge of the creative director’s departure. Or it could have been the soft laying blazers with bejeweled buttons featured. Either way the overall presentation was emotive in all the ways that high fashion can and maybe should be.