Outside of the highly anticipated Givenchy show at Paris Fashion Week, fans from around the world came out to have a glimpse of the BIGBANG’s Taeyang since he was recently named the first Korean Global Ambassador for the iconic house. Beyond the chaotic crowds, inside it was a more calming affair walking into Kubrick-esque white hall, nothing could distract from the clothes, giving way to the technical and artisan approaches in the forefront.

The collection opened with a strong return with sleek sartorial silhouettes that correlate the DNA of Givenchy and that of Creative Director Matthew M Williams. There was a feeling that this collection marked Williams’s most confident and perhaps self-reflective to date.

On his exploration of codes was a re-evaluation of menswear. Oversized logos that we have become accustomed to morphed into hidden messages, nods that only appeared on second looks as seen in boiler suits left undone, hanging in the back around the waist.

With subtle hardware, we could say “Givenchy is in the details”. There were lashings of tailoring, cargo trousers transformed into skirts over sweatpants, tartan kilts that collided with outerwear, and an element of grunge. Elongated shapes were in abundance along with artfully distressed knits, but what really stood out was the texture made up of faux fur, fuzz, quilted-like feathers, candy wrappers, and delicate jerseys the ones you scout over for our second hand because its impossible to find anymore.

Two identities merged to create one elegant one in the deconstruction of workwear to the unpicking of classic shapes that extended into the accessories. The TK-MX trainer is being brought back for fall in materials from the collection. Wellingtons and cowboy boots were also offered up. With such a deep collection, anyone can imagine or find themselves in a piece from the collection, but very few designers can pull that off as well as Williams did.

Take a look at the collection below: