What would the post-pandemic wardrobe look like? For Fall/Winter 2022, the answer from Matthew Williams, Givenchy’s artistic director, seems to be quite clear. A return to the iconic elegance of the house and a certain chic nonchalance tinged with streetwear introduced, a decade ago, by Riccardo Tisci in the codes of the brand.
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“I really wanted to create a synthesis of powerful, sophisticated femininity, with an interplay of multiple American and Parisian influences, sports and craftsmanship”, Matthew Williams wrote in the show notes. “Next to her stands a contemporary man with an instinct for chic nonchalance. On the runway, both are grounded by a sense of reality”.
To that end, Williams applied the sensibility of high fashion to everyday clothes and silhouettes; it was an elevation from the ordinary to the extraordinary, while ensuring that the pieces were functional for everyday wear.
For men, this translated into eye-catching silhouettes, consisting mainly of graphic t-shirts, sweatshirts – some were crop tops – tank tops, wide-leg or leather cargo pants, bomber jackets, oversized jackets and coats, where layering played to the fullest.
For women, Matthew Williams offered intricate knit dresses with hand-frayed ruffled skirts, wide leather pants with hoods and hand-embroidered mini-dresses.
The palette remained rather dark and earthy with browns, greens, grays, beiges and blacks.
In homage to the late founder of the house, elements from Hubert de Givenchy’s haute couture archives permeated the collection, reinvented for 2022. Hardware became jewelry, pearls became studs and Williams even applied a reworked 1955 ocelot print to male outwear pieces in the collection.
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