With a more graphic approach to design, Givenchy releases its Pre-Fall 2013 collection. A strong emphasis on biker themes and fabrics has resulted in an experimental range with masculinity and strength at the foundation. Creative director Ricardo Tisci has kept a refined aesthetic running throughout, but has also set out to challenge the concept of layering and shape.
Working with a small but heavy palette of black and red has given Tisci room to mix and match fabrics and detailing. The on trend use of animal prints is prominent within the collection, with dogs in particular adding an aggressive punch to the already bold look. Continued use of leather adds a welcome rockabilly touch, whilst stud detailing (particularly on footwear) merely strengthen this influence.
Whilst many of the pieces and looks stand out from the collection, there are some that simply cannot go unnoticed. The full leather look with short covered trousers is one that jumps out immediately, whilst the Pervert 17 top is another highlight. My pick of the collection, however, has to be the black coat with leather studded collar. A classic cut, stylish detailing and timeless quality make it extremely wearable and a worthy investment for any modern wardrobe.
Delivering a directional display of expert techniques and creative design, Givenchy can still be seen to pave the way when it comes to fashion forward styling.