For Fall 2023, creative director Matthew M. Williams continues the ongoing dialogue between the sense of Parisian elegance established by Hubert de Givenchy and the relaxed attitude and aesthetics of a signature rooted in his native California.
Key looks embody a distinctively Left Bank nonchalance through strong, feminine tailoring deftly deconstructed just enough to impart a sense of ease. The designer plays up graphic contrasts in black and white and creates unexpected clashes, for example pairing a tuxedo jacket with distressed denim cargo pants, or a denim-style satin. Jacket with a sensual flounced blouse and a pencil skirt with cargo-style pockets. A razor-sharp black leather trench slips over slim leather trousers. A casual, layered silhouette seen on the Givenchy runway now returns entirely in white. The House's emblematic 4G logo appears in transparent or opaque weave. Couture flourishes like bows and ruching are revisited with a modern, light touch in jersey and stretch chiffon. Strategic cut-outs are embellished in strass. Black evening dresses are trimmed with a grid of gradient silver beads or wispy marabou feathers.
The House's latest signature women's handbag, the Voyou - a nonchalant Parisian-cool hobo - appears in a new two-tone version alongside Givenchy cult favorites like the G-Hobo, the Cut-Out and the 4G in seasonal iterations ranging from shiny black patent leather to weaves in sparkling pink.
For men, the designer explores the contrasts between heritage and modernity with a free-spirited attitude. Tailoring expands on directional runway looks, emphasizing ease and a utilitarian allure. Building on the idea of uniforms - whether for the office or the street - the designer mixes ideas and finishes: tailored jackets pair with denim or military pants, Givenchy emblems are embedded into woven fabrics, print techniques are enhanced, and traditional luxury fabrics mingle with technical materials like garment-dyed nylon. A new hardware development, the G-clip, gives this season's tailored pieces an elevated feel.
More than just an accessory, men's bags are designed as easily layerable, wardrobe essentials that give tailoring or outwear a finishing touch. The men's jewelry category is growing fast, too, offering the Givenchy man an extra bit of edge.