For the fall-winter 2023 menswear collection, Givenchy’s artistic director, Matthew M. Williams, presented new styles that emphasized the modification of dress codes by taking traditional customization of dress codes with sartorial virtues and reweaving them into styles to align with the modern mentality of ease, comfort, and individuality. The revised innovation was seen in tailoring and sportswear in one of the most influential Givenchy men’s collections.
The reflections of modernity were seen throughout the collection in terms of men’s razor-sharp suits tailored with couture expertise with no outseams on the trousers, defiantly conveying a message of transformation of men’s suits redefined by artisanal approaches. Garment-dyed puffer jackets produce uneven color variations that make them unique for the new generation to wear them. The collection consisted of radical cutting and complex fabric treatments often reinforced by intricate surface decorations. This technique identifies an unraveling process that elongates the silhouette. And although there is nothing new about the intermix of classical menswear with an added dose of on-trend modifications, this transformation hallmarks a generational shape.
In an action-packed show filled with confidence, Williams played with American casual wear and workwear — plaids, sweats, utility pants, thermals, boiler suits — with more classic, dressier menswear archetypes. He styled luxury overcoats in herringbone, melton, tattered suede, or camel cashmere over layered knits, droopy shorts, and rubber boots fueled by self-expression and personal gestures that paved the way for the future of menswear. The pileups and raw edges created a natural tension between what was and will be.
The archetypes of workwear, with their explosions of pattern and texture, were a nod to Hubert de Givenchy’s private interiors – all intercepted by detailed effects.