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Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 Menswear

28th June 2015

If you were one of the many fans of the old Givenchy’s religion theme, then you will be happy to hear there is an upcoming future collection along the way.

Givenchy’s menswear show in Paris for Spring Summer 2016 menswear was a pleaser, in many senses. It features the distinct iconography that many of the cult fans were looking forward to, mainly thought provoking and menacing prints. The latest collection shares significant fragments with its antecedent and much anticipated Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Madonna menswear and the earlier pioneered Givenchy Fall Winter 2010 Altar menswear, both former collections that places religion at the limelight while connecting several elements with the label’s latest style direction — namely pinstripes that derived from the recent Givenchy Pre-Spring 2016 menswear. Addition to this, was a whole new five pointed star monogram motif that incorporates the designer’s brand name embedded in a structural arrangement, it was a divine.

This season Riccardo Tisci revisits his religious bent, an iconography signature administered since the beginning of his career at Givenchy. The creative director opened the show with models and celebrities strutting the runway in a relentless place. Hefty religious references advocating Tisci’s Catholic roots and prison-like ensembles of the latest incarnation made up the menswear collection. Taking inspiration for this season was Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity was surrounded by barbed wire taken from the ‘Crown of Thorns’ which was induced across an array of looks. The religious iconography continued not limited to oversize prints but some were even plastered in pin-ups cross variants as though they were taken off a scrapbook. Mostly portraits looks were scattered in trademark colours of black, white and navy along with pinstriped on many imaginable garments.

Perhaps the most intriguing and questionable subject in the biblical Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 menswear was the numbers 19520 in convict bold lettering over the Jesus imagery. While these numbers certainly do not appeal through first observation or conclude a direct interpretation even after Googling. A theory of its implication could be speculate by adding up the existing numbers which aggregates to number 35. By perchance, the significance could be correlated to one of the Bible notes for John 11:35 “Jesus Wept”, is the shortest verse in the Bible and one of the most emotional.

It’s not uncommon to see how designers have a tendency to weave womenswear pre-collections into menswear shows. Givenchy has been leading such trends as early in 2013 and it also shouldn’t be a surprise to find celebrities taking the latest collections onto the runway itself. Tisci handpicked some of his favorite girls to grace alongside the boys which has been hyped during the post event. Kendell Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Candice Swanepoel were in couture gowns adorned with feathery, petal, fringed, and lacey dress in a range of soft cool pastels colours, they were some of the odd contrast set against the religious prisoner theme. However, the most exciting celebrity modelling stage was when Naomi Campbell closed the show with nothing more than a chain-glittered blazer over a black skimpy bikini which made a memorable moment for the show.


For aspirational cult fans, statement accessories are the way to go with the collection’s symbolic oversize key ring necklace featured dangling around the model’s necks. This distinctive jewellery represents a dramatic expression that is well-established with Tisci’s thought provoking style direction which may deliver the most value out of one’s investment.

For all one knows, the Givenchy Jesus Crown of Thorns Print Columbian-Fit Polo Shirt is perhaps set to be one of the most fast moving pieces when it hits the retail stores due to its large sheer presence print that gives off a menacing approach with the five pointed stars trademark element. Expected retail is around $1,300 much like the recent Givenchy Gypsophila Print Columbian-Fit Polo Shirt, nonetheless prices may fluctuate in the near future. The Givenchy Jesus Crown of Thorns Print Columbian-Fit Polo Shirt features the infamous Crown of Thorns detailing set against the edge of the polo’s silhouette, a cross reference from the ever-popular and still in demand Givenchy Shark & Mermaid Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt that has chain detailing as the earlier settlement.

In terms experimentation, the Givenchy Jesus Print Patched PVC Sweatshirt is an interesting option to explore. This unique sweatshirt is made out of a flexible PVC material replacing the traditional cotton fabric featuring Jesus imagery in random patches, but it simply feels out of depth and substandard compared to the sheer fabric overlay sweaters and t-shirts.
Mini cross lapel pins are a novelty feature amongst sharply tailored suits and coats that made up the building blocks for this Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 menswear collection. While boxy cut silhouettes are at an abundance in pinstriped movements found particularly on short-sleeves cotton shirts and oversize shorts. Footwear wise, the designer has left us with a T-bar sandals and exposed cap-toe slits on casual leather shoes, personally I think they are really hideous as compared to what has been offered in the past. Lastly but not least, for those who can reach into deep pockets may be privilege to experience one of the most prominent pieces such as the Givenchy Pinstriped Chain Embellished Suits or outlined jackets and coats.


Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 Menswear Jesus Religion Chain Runway Show Look 1

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Givenchy Pre-Spring 2016 Menswear

25th June 2015

Just one week ahead of unveiling Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 menswear at Paris Fashion Week, Givenchy releases its Pre-Spring 2016 showcase in a traditional set of lookbook images. This time around, it seems as though the French fashion house has strategically set to launch its pre-collection menswear in-line with the womenswear resort collection, much like the antecedent Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 menswear showcase. Furthermore, most looks has been significantly reduced, there are only 9 looks in every pre-collection since Pre-Fall 2015. And if you compare it with the Givenchy Pre-Spring 2014 menswear collection which features a staggering 26 looks, that simply means only 1/3 of the entire collection is represented in advance.

The first half of Givenchy Pre-Spring 2016 menswear is dominated by several traditional pinstripe elements in a full set of clothes ranging from shirts, ties, coats and suits, these belongs to the everyday classic wardrobe collection which may seem ideal for most men who are seeking a distinctive formal style. The powerful impressions represented in a small selection of linear monochromatic black, charcoal gray, and ivory white fabrics with complementary pinstripe colours derives in sharply tailored formalwear from the suiting culture of Italy where the creative designer was raised. For less formal occasions, Tisci crafted an army staple series in military green suiting featuring utilitarian pockets highlighted in darker contrast, paired with a mint green poplin shirt that has a khaki outlines which engages the necktie.

In the past collections, Tisci has been renowned to introduce feminism in experimental colours to bridge a balance in masculine distinction, we have seen baby blues, light pinks and mint greens are often exercise along with romantic motifs in particularly pre-spring and spring summer menswear collections. As such, the colour mint green is bound to return this Givenchy Pre-Spring 2016. The new Givenchy mint green native american carpet print sets out in a classic sweatshirt, columbian-fit polo t-shirt and a button-up knit skirt formerly introduced in Fall Winter 2015. First incepted from the Givenchy Spring Summer 2012 Birds of Paradise menswear, this singular colour palette has returned with an equally distinct print that exudes from the native american carpet motif procure from the current Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 menswear, although my first impressions towards the graphic motif reminisce a jewel Tetris game as resulted from the predominant acid green inlays and jewel like embodiment.

As for every pre-collection, it goes without saying that Givenchy has planned an animal print in hope to foster the ever popular Rottweiler since Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 menswear. Therefore in this Pre-Spring 2016 season, a pair of roaring baboons under the trademark single star enclosure in a gray sweatshirt variant is subject to please cult fans who are looking for diversification. This particular print originated from the first Givenchy Star & Monkey Print Sleeveless T-Shirt, assembled along with a black sweatshirt variant that is yet to be made available along the Fall Winter 2015 season. While at the rugged front sports a set of denim archive offered in light blue wash with minor distressed throughout the fabrics including leather insertions patched on to collar and sleeves detailing. Lastly, the least exciting Givenchy Logo Print Destroyed Columbian-Fit Sweatshirt is bound to return in the following season which begs us to questions whether the designer is indicating a further uphold in the destroyed attributes amongst future styles.

Discern from the footwear corner is a pair of Givenchy Black Derby Lace-Up Leather Shoes with contrast white soles and in the causal end there is a very unusual piece of frankenstein creation. At first sight, the sneakers is what seems to be inspired from a pair of boat shoes. Innovated in its truly unique silhouette boast a low-top and high-top variant featuring metal contrast eyelids and lace ups for both, while high-tops variants gets an additional tasselled feature with an upper vamp similar to those found on a mountaineer boots. The rubber midsoles element is crafted with a razor-cut wave design and is perhaps the most distinct feature which shares similarities from Givenchy’s iconic Tyson sneaker.

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Givenchy Pre-Spring 2016 Menswear

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Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 Wishlist

19th June 2015

As Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 and Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 is set upon us, the deliberation of Riccardo Tisci’s enthralled menswear collection for both seasons has echoed through a myriad of conversations ever since it was presented almost half a year ago. Much like every upcoming season, Givenchy has not only developed several diversified styles with an innovative appeal, but further continues to increase its inventory levels. This has resulted the brand in growing more confident through time after witnessing a high surge in demand since Fall Winter 2012, which has lead to rising inventories as part of the brand’s strategic expansion across the globe.

And in this season there seems to be no short of it, although I must divulge that the ever-popular Givenchy Rottweiler Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt for Pre-Fall 2015 has almost been completely sold out by the time I have written this. Just by taking a glance in detail over both pre and main collections offered from Luisa Via Roma in the most recent pre-order release, one could simply be overwhelm or distress from the amount of choices largely available in an array of motifs and styles, which may or may not be a good thing.

The infamous Rottweiler might be almost half a decade old but its menacing presence has aged quite gracefully, and in the latest Pre-Fall 2015 collection there’s a new detailed variant in embroidery that highlights every bit of the old traditional print. Available in two distinct fits, Cuban and Columbian, the Cuban-Fit sells out at a heartbeat with only large remaining sizes, and these elements have always set the initial impression in resurging a particular design. Speaking of resurgence, I was lucky enough to have picked up the Givenchy Black Stars & Beads Appliqué Shirt earlier from L’Inde le Palais many thanks to a Singaporean reader here who had informed me that they had it available for pre-order. It made me think twice before I made the official checkout just under a split second, since it was introduced back in Givenchy Fall Winter 2012 menswear collection, it belong to a series that is as ancient in the fashion universe as it sounds. The most fascinating history of this shirt is that there weren’t any existing owners selling them off to the pre-owned market. I am very glad that I have bought it, with the additional 10% off for new customers on top of the non-EU taxed pricing, it would be very difficult to resist not getting one especially when there were only 3 sizes available and limited to 1 per size.

That said, the thing that really turns heads for this season is the spooky Givenchy Black Skull Print T-Shirt, I would prefer the skulls at the lower waist than the neckline alternative. Indeed this is a top that has the appearance that will question opinions and even scare small children, it has a dark iconic presence that is peculiar towards Tisci’s legacy but its anything but subtle, instead it is unashamedly wicked with its imposing stacks of skull heads and seems to fit the “cursed objet d’art” in an ideal context just by observing its understated credentials. For a much darker approach, I would pick the Givenchy Skull Print Long Poplin Shirt that features an enlarged reverse skull print and exaggerated length unique to this season, lining the body with an elongated sense of structure.

Perhaps the most distinguish print that is currently attainable and should be seriously considered is the Givenchy Star & Monkey Print Sleeveless T-Shirt. During its initial inception, minor snippets of the mystery print were showcased across the runway and has since undergone substantial speculation, presuming it being the next “Rottweiler” replacement. The graphic print that features two monkey’s teeth’s amulet below a single star coding was later unveiled by Riccardo Tisci himself, in a sweatshirt variant – yet to be released later in the season. While its similar sibling, the Givenchy Rooster & Monkey Voodoo Print Sleeveless T-Shirt invokes a vector silhouette which houses an enraged monkey collaged in an inescapable voodoo vibe leaves no compromises in a distinct style appeal intrinsic to the Givenchy label. At the moment, these sleeveless printed t-shirts are quite well received, especially the Givenchy Rooster & Monkey Voodoo Print Sleeveless T-Shirt which is almost sold out to those who are eager to experiment the latest street-edge style.

The Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 menswear’s main print is the Native American Carpet motif in striking Tuscan colourway represented in a small proportion of tailored selection. The Native American Carpet is perhaps one of the most distinct hallmark motif amongst the collection, derived from an exclusive expression recollected from the designer’s discoveries of subcultures, the motif accentuates through a powerful silhouettes in tailored wool jackets, coats, shirts, and pairing trousers, occasionally offered in smattering sequins only for those who are able to dig deep into their wallet’s wildest fantasies. And for this season I wouldn’t miss getting the Givenchy Native American Carpet Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt as part of my seasonal collection, unlike the past season where I’ve missed out in attaining the main Givenchy Black Gypsophila Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt because of some Instagram resell who could not deliver one after making the payment, this serves as a lesson to only trust and purchase from reputable retailers.

In terms of accessories and footwear, this season sees an abundance of high-end leather wear with metal embellished pieces taking the spotlight. From leather pouches, to all-rounded studded belts, and distinct footwear pieces. If given a single choice, I would go for the Givenchy Brown & Black Metal & Swarovski Crystal Studded Swiss Sandals, this fancy footwork emphasizes aggressive detailing with contrast leather reinforcements that is just a joy to look at. For those who are more conservative can opt for the modern interpreted Givenchy 45mm Black Rottweiler Chain-Detail Lace-Up Leather Shoes. The new footwear has been altered in proportion and is quite substantially improved over its predecessor to fit the contemporary market, additional to this it is also available in a mid-cut boots variant at matching prices to compare. These are perhaps one of the most unmistakable footwear reminisce to the Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 menswear collection. Back then only a handful of people were able to afford the renowned quintessential knee-high boots that were taken right off the runway which was produced limited in production and availability was scare to selective retailers.

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Antonioli Launches Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 & Fall Winter 2015

11th May 2015


Time flies when you’re busy exploring shedloads of designer wear, and by the time you are still expecting for the latest arrivals from Spring Summer 2015 collection the new transition period has already begun. Fall Winter 2015 is approaching upon us, and yet Spring Summer 2015 sales season is just weeks away in May. This week mark’s Milan based luxury retailer – Antonioli to launch its latest Pre-Fall 2015 and Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection, a vast resurgence of new arrivals currently available for advance pre-order after overcoming Givenchy Spring Summer 2015’s demand which lead to an instant sellout in a matter of weeks since the beginning of the season.

It is customary for Givenchy in every pre-collection to reproduce visual aesthetics from former collections, but the new Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 menswear collection not only begins from the past, it integrates experimental elements extended from the house codes. In this season, pixel-blocking properties dress across predominant designs that have taken inspiration from a digital manipulation software. The Givenchy Black Madonna Digital Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt sets a prime example, utilizing the base print work reinitiated from the Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 menswear collection while incorporating pixelated accents and what seems to be the crop tool housing strategically position on the right side of the print.

The pixelated digital coding was not only confined to a visual experiment but also continued through one of the main Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 print series. Set in a khaki military colourway, the Givenchy Black Stars & Digital Pinball Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt features a two dimensional symmetrical assembly built from an array of geometric lines that shapes a military radar detector system with an additional camouflage touch represented in a pixelated digital pattern. On the other hand, a conspicuous Givenchy Black Fire Abstract Print Columbian-Fit Sweatshirt seems to have transpired from an IR infrared heat signature imaging, the nature of digitalism played a significant role in this season’s pre-collection series.

While the Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 menswear lookbook featured the ‘Love’ typography print offered in a torn-off or technicolor degraded print series has prevailed through a complete selection of outwear to choose from. Finding desire to own these pieces may be a challenge due to the weak aspirational visual aesthetics portrayed in this particular series, however there are some other highly noteworthy pieces enveloped from through the classic collection. One of the few treasured pieces in the current collection is the Givenchy Black Stars & Stripes Print Mohair-Blend Sweater, it is uniquely composed from a mixture of five different materials, rendering a distinct texture on the contrast white and red striped waistline. Another interesting selection is the Givenchy Black Crystal Studded Swiss Leather Sandals, this pair of quality spring footwear mainly features Swarovski jewels and metal studded embellishments, making it eye-catching from a distance and looks wise is nonetheless extravagant. Other enticing accessories include the Givenchy Gold Codification series available in a textured leather backpack and zipper pouch to match that are new and exclusive codes to this season.

Heading to Fall Winter 2015, just by having a closer look at Antonoli’s latest Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection, the devils in the details felt incredibly realistic, the collection revealed the little but yet important detailing unseen from the vast showcase and dark runway setting. One could grasp the concept by Riccardo Tisci’s intend to turn formal streetwear with a devilish affair, the dynamic inspiration converted Givenchy’s standard ready-to-wear basics into a discerning experiment. The more subtly collection is dominated by the worn out effect ‘Native American’ or otherwise presumed ‘Persian’ gauged carpet print, primarily available with an alternative black gradient approach.

This season’s prominent style direction assembles severely worn out attributes as though a ferocious animal has ripped across the fabrics, a key feature administered in less distinct designs offered in a creative approach. Cotton shirts are elongated this season with unfinished seams protruding across edge – termed “Raw-Cut”, such as the Givenchy Black & Red Raw-Cut Contour Columbian-Fit Long Shirt outlined the perfect classic representation of a devil’s outfit. A Givenchy Black Destroyed Native-American Carpet Print Columbian-Fit Sweatshirt addresses random distressed throughout that unveils tiny hidden patches of print details that gave off an unexpected creative notion, while while oversized generic label branded Givenchy Black ‘Givenchy Paris’ Print Columbian-Fit Sweatshirt also available in a T-Shirt variant were intensively destroyed till a point it questions the irony coming from a luxury designer. These unique aesthetics will definitely challenge consumer’s acceptance and appreciation, particularly towards these pieces.

In most respects, the latest Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection is every bit unlike its other testament collections. It offers a rather uncivilized dressing experienced, whether the pieces you choose originated from sharply cut blazer and coats, or cult classic streetwear t-shirts and sweats, as deteriorated and damaged fabric features are present in every piece. First impressions is not exactly an understatement, but for those who thrills in acceptance to explore the new collection will have to reach deep pockets in order to discover a meaningful trade off between luxury and inferior aspiration. Secure your Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 and Fall Winter 2015 wardrobe collection with Antonioli, start shopping the current complete selections while stocks last.


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G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 Lookbook

22nd April 2015

This season marks the second collection of G Givenchy. The occasion prompted the team of designers to consider the core competence of the fairly new brand. Developed and produced at LVMH’s Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong, G Givenchy is led by a talented group of individuals who has roots back to the main Givenchy line in Paris. The G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 “Crafted Tribe” collection was in some way a great hit, it is a complete ready-to-wear collection with aggrandize accessories montage from the main line’s signatures. This time out though, G Givenchy designers took a somewhat different approach: the latest collection was a reconsideration of the G Givenchy aesthetic, and it was discovered by deconstructing the designer’s vision, the better to create a new language with the brand vocabulary G Givenchy has established over the first collection. The key elements were in play — punchy takes on wardrobe staples, detailed-inspired tailoring with a structured silhouettes, a streetwise attitude.

A glitch digital motif in primary colours, which also served as a metonym for the entire collection features various patterned designs in intricate elements throughout, introducing a sense of movement and to underline the idea that these highly structural clothes can be distilled in an unbound fashion. That notion was echoed in the collection’s many unravelled layering techniques, diamond details accentuate in laser cut perforation, creating a fabric inspired by sportswear, while experimental pieces includes hybrid silhouettes dressed in contrast textured embroidery and beaded works infuses the collection with its key details. This creates a cohesive concept throughout with conflicting combinations along fuzzy digital prints that looked like it was in the process of disintegrating.

The strongest ensembles were the ones that seemed in dialogue with themselves, like the diamond embossed neoprene sweater in red layered over a short sleeve t-shirt with double layering and distinct beaded work on the side seam, or the black crew neck sweatshirt with the same contrast beaded works and herringbone cotton ribbed details, even the little effects were not spared with that black varsity jacket incorporating a gradient glitch embroidery on the black panel, that the designers paired with straightforward black essential slim fit denims, or those Lanvin-like sneakers made out of trio leather in blue and black patent cap-toe is an understated elegance piece. There were a lot of modern menswear references here — not a new thing for G Givenchy or a major contribution to the fashion universe that would influence trend setters, but for the first time it seemed that the designers knew where they were heading.

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G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015

G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015

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G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 Campaign

16th April 2015

For the uninitiated, G Givenchy is an off-shoot of the main Givenchy line. G Givenchy channels the same brand DNA into its designs and aesthetics. It is offered in an array of refined ready-to-wear and accessories collection mainly available in China at an accessible price point. Made for the everyday wearer, its avant-garde street-style orient spirit is built upon codes that were developed by the house of Givenchy. The label continues in search to deliver innovative classic essentials with a twisted edge derive from the discovery of its authenticity, the desire to pursuit for new experiences through visual stimulation and upon building a new subculture luxury label.

A dashing second debut after its foregoing Fall Winter 2014 initiation, the new G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 “Crafted Tribe” collection mainly focuses in blending the lines of traditional crafted textiles with digital inspired motifs and perforated sportswear details. Its unique concept celebrates the past, present, and future of the textile clothing industry, the collection seamlessly integrates iconic silhouettes that are found in the past series with an ameliorated contemporary design approach.

Crafted Tribe is based on the earliest fundamental medium of communication amongst global tribes through the history of textile making. The brand emphasis on three key categorical advancements: colour, pattern, and designs inspired from the art of computer data glitches bearing a meteoric visual resemblance of the dated systems in our world, and is now the latest print expression. The collection’s print concept pays homage to the blurring and smearing artistry, these two formats creates a unique contemporary visualization for the modern G Givenchy cult.

G Givenchy hit on pretty much most of the current rising trends in menswear, there were the sophisticated neoprene sweatshirts that incorporated a diamond ice-pick and pitted embossed detailing – worn to be layered along tops with laser cut perforation or panelled beaded slits on the side, full cut city shorts or regular fitted trousers gave this collection a sense of urban modernity that felt presently unique in the smallest scope of details. Hybrid silhouettes in contrasting textured fabrics create a cohesive narrative throughout with conflicting combinations that sit alongside colourful digital glitch prints in a variety of subtle shades. Even the thick soled lace-up and skate slip on sneakers were decked out with a luxurious yet futuristically refinement, made from suede, python, print and patent leather. These footwear designs taps in on the growing demand for opulent sports influence designer footwear.

The colour depicted in the G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 collection consist in a few roles of dramatic usage. Reds were the primarily colour, a superlative hue from many cultures till today and it is still regarded as a sacred colour of respect and tribute to the Gods. Juxtaposed against the cobalt blue, a colour of divinity and historically known to be used in ceramics as luxurious agent converse the colour of stability. These colours are alternated in prints and solids alongside the adopted monochromatic tones that the house of Givenchy is renowned for. The way that G Givenchy was able to create volume, structure, and layering without making this collection feel weighted down that made it a rounding success.

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G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015

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