Givenchy Woman Autumn-Winter 2016 – The power of the Queen of the Nile came to the runway at Givenchy where Ancient Egypt was a major inspiration.
From the very beginning, the collection exuded strength, with exotic silver and gold metallic breastplates teamed with smart tailored long black jackets, super-skinny trousers and boxy shorts with military style polished buttons and banded cuffs. These recurred in different forms throughout the show.
And following slightly psychedelic print skirts and dresses in earthy tones were Egyptian-inspired print dresses with the Ancient Egyptian gods depicted in a borderline-cartoon style. These were teamed with the eye of Horus symbol and necklines cut to resemble the elaborate gold jewellery worn by the pharaohs of the time. This alongside the winged eyeliner worn by the models’ left no doubt about the collection’s debt to the period.
Not to be lost in the past however, slouchy black jackets worn over velvet and leather black shorts further emphasised the effortless modern strength of the collection, especially with the models’ hands stuffed nonchalantly into deep pockets.
The increasing use of leopard and snake prints also ensured a feeling of modernity where the clashing of prints made for loud but exotic looks that combined an atmosphere of dominance with a desire to stand out.
A particular highlight were the structured jackets, often layered over other jackets in bright oriental prints as well as the bomber style designs which were paired with yellow snake-skin dresses, adding a hint of cool informality to the more tailored pieces.
Givenchy Woman Autumn-Winter 2016