Just 10 days prior to Paris Fashion Week Fall Winter 2016/2017 Menswear preview, the house of Givenchy revealed its latest Givenchy Pre-Fall 2016 Menswear. The complete 15 look featured a photoshoot in the gritty streets of Berlin starring models Deion Smith and John Kolic for the menswear division.
Givenchy has watched the reaction to its ‘Monkeys’ collection closely which was the most desirable print in the recent Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 menswear before signing off an extended decadent screaming pool of Monkeys version, awe-inspired from its class champion and predecessor sibling – the Givenchy Rottweiler from Fall Winter 2012 that has commanded a monumental success. Potentially the initial collection that has proliferated the Parisian brand through leveraging on its print making forte.
The even more hardcore multiplication of screaming Monkeys is the all-new second iteration to potentially uphold another big-hit in the luxury streetwear culture. It’s a measure of the historic significance of 2016 for the house of Givenchy that it can continuously ascend an equivalent replacement for the dramatic crescendo animal print that effectively turned around its fortunes just merely two seasons ago, and almost no one seems to notice. The reason is because the Monkeys collection represents Givenchy doing something it has hardly needed to do all over the past decade – consolidating what has spoilt us in the past.
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There is a clear substance to Givenchy has brought the Pre-Fall 2016 menswear onto the pace of historic relevance. The most distinguishing ‘Swarovski Crystal and Studded’ elements returned this season, reference in details from its fast-moving Givenchy Swiss Crystal & Studded Sandals affair from the early Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection. The designer upped the ante by adorning the iconic impression across an array of ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear, knowing that it has nailed the underlying positioning and broader-brush execution more sweetly than ever. The crystal and studded elements becomes unmistakably distinctive in the new Pre-Fall 2016 menswear, including some breathtaking pieces such as the studded monk-strap shoes. Although some may argue that its initial conception was imitative to Miuccia Prada’s much earlier Spring Summer 2012 menswear which similarly featured multicolor bejewel-stone studs.
Using the same five pointed stars monogram element as another iconic extension from the Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 menswear collection, the facelifted monogram for Pre-Fall 216 has undergone a fraction of makeover, mostly kept in understated in monochromatic colorway and even a leather embossed variant on trench. This five pointed stars monogram is the very first development primitive towards the Parisian house taking inspiration from the initial pseudo-religion experimentation.
Perhaps the most frugal and yet widely embraced offering in the Givenchy Pre-Fall 2016 menswear extends a premium range of handmade denimwear, a symbolic classic of the American West embraced by Riccardo Tisci himself conjures a significant style improvement. The key detailing in this season is micro-distressed – subtle in details like moth bitten resultant, including typical washed out finishes, metal studded translations in denim jeans, shirting and jackets paired with mountaineering boots. This versatility in casual wear pairing is the main ability to relate to most consumers, it is the secret towards the denim’s survival as a clothing staple even in the luxury streetwear segment.
For all its new-found completeness, this Givenchy Pre-Fall 2016 Menswear manages the same trick quite well through reiterating statement pieces of the past – although, in so many objective ways, it’s unquestionably a collection with more competitive anticipation once again.
GIVENCHY PRE-FALL 2016 MENSWEAR
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