Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Givenchy

Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Givenchy

Hot, hot, hot

Text: Norman Tan

Riccardo Tisci called on some famous female model friends to walk his latest collection that marked a return to religious iconography

The Givenchy show was hot... both figuratively and literally. Held in Parc Georges Brassens out in the outskirts of the 15th arrondissment, guests sweltered under an unairconditioned former horse hall as the mercury in Paris topped 32 degrees celcius. And on the runway, the action was equally steamy: Muscled models stepped out in nothing but skin-tight jeans emblazoned with the American flag, and female models (presenting the women's Haute Couture Fall 2015 collection) sashayed out in lace dresses with only a string bikini to protect their modesty.  

But the real show stopper was... Naomi Campbell who had the crowd cheering when she walked the show in a black bikini, thigh-high stockings, and a glistening black blazer embroidered with lines of silver beads. Such was her popularity that you might have missed Kendall Jenner and Joan Smalls who graced the catwalk, too. 

On the menswear front... it was a return to religious iconography for Riccardo Tisci with crucified Christ motifs slathered across T-shirts, bermudas and even flight suits. The predominantly sombre and black collection was lightened with ensembles in varying shades of blue — which were often decorated with a repeated five-point star print — and a handful of pieces in all-white: Single-breasted suits, mesh singlets, top coats and oversized V-neck tops.

We have already seen the use of... transparent layering in other shows this season (for example: Stefano Pilati's deft use of super fine cotton over his brightly coloured Madras fabrics at Ermenegildo Zegna Couture) and the trend continued at Givenchy with Tisci pairing clear pullovers (patchworked with the crucificed Christ) over a plain black tee or a black mesh top (again, with the crucified Christ) over a royal blue T-shirt.

However, the stand out accessories from the show were... the necklaces bearing a huge metal ring and key (rather questionable) and the T-bar leather sandal-cum-shoes with a perforated vamp (Buro approved and wish-listed).   

To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below.

To see all our coverage of Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.