Riccardo Tisci framed his collection with references from the Italy of his youth in the Seventies, specifically the work of designer Walter Albini and Milanese architect Giò Ponti. The former was evident in the pronounced masculinity of the look, underscored by sturdy flat shoes, while the latter could be seen in the graphic mosaic patterns that Tisci used on a patchwork lace top and matching pants and a mink jacket done in black, light brown and white.
All the while, Tisci connected the dots between the seductive sophistication of the neoclassic ruffles from his most recent runway collections and the classics he’s built into the Givenchy vocabulary — i.e., printed sweatshirts, which included the best-selling American Dream style from his men’s collection, and showing skirts over pants. The flat shoes proved one of this lineup’s strongest statements, with styles ranging from chain-link athletic sandals to ankle boots with wood and metal details on the heels. There was also a new handbag, the HDG (House de Givenchy), a small, structured top-handle bag.