The Menswear Collection Shows are well underway and with Paris as the current setting, today was the turn of Givenchy. Creative Director Ricardo Tisci is a sucker for a female muse – from Donatella Versace and Kendall Jenner to Kim Kardashian and Jaimie Bechert, it’s safe to say that Tisci is an expert in dressing the female form but today we’re here for his late Menswear offering.
This evening at Parc George Brassens, Tisci unveiled his SS16 Menswear collection featuring a mostly monochrome colour palette with the addition of cool greys, steel blues and metallics and a whole load of catholic symbolism thrown in for good measure.
Models strutted down the makeshift runway in overskirts depicting Jesus Christ and simple shirts adorned with star motifs, all paired with T-bar monk strap shoes in a matching palette.
Tisci went for maximum impact with his SS16 show and it was his unexpected guests who drew the most attention on the runway. Supers including Naomi Campbell, Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined the men on the maze like runway, with Campbell stealing the show in a metallic blazer, bra, thong and thigh high boots accessorised with a huge aged silver key. Whilst it’s not uncommon for designers to use female models during the Menswear collection shows, having this many high profile models in a Menswear show is something to get excited about and not the first time for Tisci, Candice Swanepoel walked his SS15 Menswear show in a form fitting blazer dress with matching skull cap. Kendall was the first high profile model out of the gate and the Fashion Editors on the Frow visibly sat up and started snapping on their iPhones, with some people in the audience doing a double take as she strutted passed.
The arrival of the Supers saw a social media frenzy sending #GivenchyMenswear stratospheric within minutes which was doubtless Tisci’s plan all along. With the urban backdrop of a park in Paris, the industrial styling and the labyrinth styled runway, the whole show was a slick and stylish affair before we even get to the garments which were heavy on the religious symbolism (think early McQueen). Campbell and her school of Supers proved to be the icing on the cake and don’t even get me started on the womenswear, gothic victoriana, delicate widows lace, metallic pinstriping and hella crucifixes, it’s just a taste of what’s to come.
…… And that folks, is how you deliver a Menswear show.
To watch the entire Givenchy Menswear Runway Show click here.