In New York last week, Riccardo Tisci debued Givenchy’s 2014 menswear pre-fall collection.
With a mixture of urban and oriental flavours, Tisci reveals a collection saturated with an explosion of colours and cultures. The west meets the east at Givenchy as red, white and blue clashes the new urban beige and tribal prints. The star symbolism on the sweatshirt compliments the diagonal stripes on the trousers, with references to western cowboy chaps. Prints are a house code at Givenchy, so Tisci has successfully kept a representative detail of the classic Givenchy man. As the footwear closely mimics conventional Japanese sandals, this supports the links between the different cultures displayed in this collection. We can see a lot of layering with shorts worn over trousers – which Tisci reveals has stemmed from his “love of the freedom of African boys, the way they layered clothes.” Givenchy’s symbolic dark palette has met new pastel shades of blue giving this collection an exciting and citified twist and we at PAUSE cannot wait for what 2014’s Autumn/Winter range will bring.
Words by Charlotte Brown