Givenchy: Menswear AW17
America is on everyone’s minds right now – before Riccardo Tisci’s latest Givenchy collection kicked off, journos were passing around images of the Trump inauguration and commiserating with the US press. Tisci has turned to it before for Givenchy inspiration – indeed, he even upped sticks and showed a collection there a few years back. This time, the classic codes of Americana were remixed with references to the culture of indigenous American peoples – hence the photographic portraits of Native Americans printed on sweatshirts to the stylised, oversized print faces swamping torsos and evoking pre-Columbian art. The Americana in Givenchy’s wardrobe however was simple, sporty and easy-to-wear: sneakers, skinny trousers, elongated lumberjack-check shirts and outerwear like duffles, leather jackets and bombers. Stars were a choice motif – not so many stripes, mind. There were also a few ruffled shirt-fronts like prom tuxedos. The Givenchy boy isn’t always bad, you know. The prom dates? They came at the end – although no-one went to our sixth form social in Givenchy haute couture, nor did they look like Mariacarla Boscono. More’s the pity. The finest of the bunch – and it’s a tough lot to choose from – was the last, an icy pink number frothed with feathers. It had an air of Cher. Nothing could be more American than that.