Givenchy and their SS23 Menswear runway for Paris fashion week is an ode to the monochrome that plays with streamlined street style in an impressive runway setup.
In all honesty, it must have been rather challenging for photographers to shoot the Givenchy fashion SS23 runway.
Set in an impressive Eiffel Tower backdrop, the luxury fashion house built a large white cube surrounded by shallow water that served as the models’ runway. Perhaps Jesus did walk on water after all.
But the issue was the mist, which was both intriguing and annoying, as it enveloped the models throughout the show – something which they may have gotten away with had the outfits being showcased had been bolder in colours.
The spring-summer Givenchy collection is streamlined, industrial and street-style, using a palette of colours which is limited to neutrals and the occasional neon accent. The show begins to the beat of Jamaican dancehall artist Alkaline, and we start to see the runway fill up with long shorts below the knee.
They come in a variety of materials, namely denim and black leather. There seems to be a lot of pockets too, taking over both trousers and open jackets, always in some variation of black, grey or white.
One of Givenchy’s stand-outs is the hoods and face-masks, elements which are becoming popularised in the fashion scene and have already been adopted by the Yeezy x Balenciaga x Gap collection released earlier this year. We see models both wearing their jacket hoods up or sporting Givenchy balaclavas in pinks, greens and blacks.
The Givenchy runway is likely the show in which we have seen the most torsos. It seems every other model is wearing their shirt or jacket wide open, displaying a bare chest and overlaying chains around the model’s neck. Talking about accessories; there’s a lot of matrix-looking sunglasses on show.
On the occasions when Givenchy is playing with colour, the runway fills up with sports trainers, often the only pop of colour in the model’s outfits. We also see a lot of branded clothing, Givenchy being spelled left right and front on hoods, tracksuits, jackets and collars.
As the runway progresses we see another overarching trend: camouflage patterns.
These have been adopted by Givenchy in beige, off-white, blacks and nudes, which compliments the final stretch of outfits walking down the runway.
These start to become more wintery; more jackets, thicker materials and even the occasional suit (which are ingeniously cut at the knee as an ode to ripped jeans).
The end of the show is marked by Matthew Williams‘ appearance, as always peace-signing his way out of yet another successful show.