Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 2024 Women’s Ready-to-Wear Collection is a tactile display of fabrics, weaving simplicity with elegance. Unveiled on September 28th, 2023, this collection is envisioned and brought to life by Artistic Director Matthew M. Williams. Channeling time-honored grace and modernity, the collection features streamlined aesthetics, marking a rejuvenated chapter in high fashion where tradition and innovation live together.
The show, staged at L’École Militaire, was set within an urbane sculpture designed by Gabriel Calatrava for the Collaborative Architecture Laboratory. The structure, an inversion of the conventional runway tent, was a billowing fabric wrapped around a lightweight steel skeleton, creating an intimate, monochromatic white interior, a chrysalis reflective of the collection’s themes of ease and elegance.
Elegance is conveyed with the flutter of a chiffon dress or the delicate brush of a hand-painted flower. Givenchy, in its new collection, delves into this subtle echo, responding in sartorial grace. It is a sophisticated interplay of fabrics and silhouettes that balance between structure and fluidity, reshaping the boundaries of elegance through a modern lens.
The Architectonic Ballet
The collection encompasses architectonic tailoring, where hourglass designs in gentleman’s wools are embellished with sculpted curves, and dresses and jackets converse in the language of haute couture with their plunging, winged open backs. The collection brings back the skirt suit with renewed vigor, blending it seamlessly with ankle-length skirts and flight jackets.
The Floral Muse
Eternal elegance, the flower, breathes within the archives of Givenchy, acting as a muse for Matthew M. Williams. It informs the collection’s palette, materializing in intricate embroideries, hand-painted motifs, prints, and even sculpted metal jewelry. Lace, another emblem of elegance central to Givenchy, revives in the volants of dresses, transforming into delicate pearl, glass, and crystal grid dresses and skirts.
Day into Evening Elegance
Givenchy’s emblematic draping gets a modern twist as it adopts evening codes for day wear. Second-skin filtrage dresses are adorned with translucent overlays, harmoniously spliced from various fabrics like chiffon, taffeta, and organza, each adorned with distinct floral prints. Mud silk, a technique from the Ming Dynasty, introduces a leathery effect to graceful dresses, contrasting harmoniously with leather tailoring, bringing to mind the detailing from the Voyou bag.
Accessories play a significant role in articulating elegance, with crystal chokers, hoop earrings, ear cuffs, and rings ornamented with single pearl pendants, aligning with classic pearl necklaces. The collection’s footwear, a dance of elegance and simplicity, includes pointed stilettos encased by mesh overlay, stretching into boot silhouettes with ankle straps, and minimalist d’Orsay pointed pumps enhancing the collection’s sleek silhouette.
The Voyou Line Rejuvenation
The Voyou line sees a rejuvenation with new trapezoid flap bags, large lightweight tote bags, and top-hand bags, all echoing the elegance and simplicity inherent in the collection. New hardware motifs inspired by the ornate interiors of Hubert de Givenchy’s homes grace dresses and sunglasses, including a new 4G buckle and an abstracted bird embellishment.
Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 2024 Women’s Collection is a celebration of architectural silhouettes, delicate floral musings, revitalized lace elegance, and contemporary chic. The juxtaposition of fabrics, the elegance of accessories, and the serene staging all blend harmoniously, whispering tales of timeless elegance reimagined for the modern woman. Discover more at givenchy.com.