Creative director Ricardo Tisci has established a signature aesthetic for the world of Givenchy, one which has become directly associated with the iconic brand over the years. His collections remain edgy, relying on block colours and distorted prints to create beautifully sinister garments which have filtered into the mainstream. Last year also saw Tisci venture into jewellery, creating a stunning oversized septum ring; possibly one of Givenchy's most iconic moves, proven by the fact that musical trendsetters such as Grimes and Lady Gaga have been photographed with the decadent jewellery, cementing Givenchy's reputation as one of the major players in the fashion industry. With the latest collection, all of the traditional components are there; stiff fabrics are used to create a distinctive silhouette, the contrast of light and darkness is present in almost every piece of the collection and the beautiful screen prints are as spooky and effective as ever.
|The infamous Givenchy septum jewellery|
|Dazed & Confused; Grimes in Givenchy|
Givenchy's S/S 2013 collection also saw the fashion house explore the territory of androgyny, one which is rarely touched upon in menswear. Making the controversial choice of sending both men and women down the runway demonstrated that the garments are cut so magnificently that are equally flattering on both genders. Exploring the concept further, the only footwear of the season was a more masculine take on the traditional gladiator sandal - shown in both black and white, the tough rubber soles and heavy chain detailling made them stand out against the often minimalist outfits they were paired with.
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|Janice Alida for Givenchy Menswear S/S 2013|
|Footwear; Givenchy Menswear S/S 2013|
The continuous blend of opulence and gothic detailling keep Givenchy completely fresh and, arguably, completely different to other fashion houses. The use of technologically advanced screen-printing with ornate designs brings a sense of contrast to the collection - Tisci must truly be commended for sticking so strongly with a signature aesthetic, yet finding ways to continually create something completely individual. Ricardo Tisci - a God amongst men.
|A personal favourite; Givenchy S/S 2013|
|Givenchy S/S 2013|