on Jul 2, 2013 in Whiteboard
Givenchy Spring 2014 Menswear Collection
[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]
So they got really high and watched Star Wars on a loop?
More like C3P No
Just thinking it looked like the Star Wars cartoon my son watches.
Givenchy? Audrey wept.
It’s too much.
Cher is looking downright drab.
I’m sorry but at least half of these looks could be achieved by going to any sportswear department and somewhat randomly choosing components to pile on your body.
Hahahahaha!!! So true!
Samurai clowns and AI/ANs in meggings. No. Just no. Not even as couture.
It gets a lot more enjoyable if you imagine them unfolding into battledroids.
Oh for god’s sake.
That was my reaction as well. And the facepaint, really?
Is men wearing robot diapers going to be a thing now?
I can’t even see how this will filter down into real clothing.
You might be arrested for showing too much when you really aren’t showing anything. Optical illusion.
I hate this so much. I wish I had matches and kerosene to burn it all.
Cochina Astronout Rugby-playing Vampires…ohhhhh, shit!
Cochina? Did you mean Kachina? ’cause it took me a minute there.
Oops, thanks for the catch, MoHub…I didn’t even believe my own spell checker!
No problem. Just trying to interpret so I could agree with you!
Succinct and appropriate…because I’d only like to see most of this with the lights off.
I would wear practically everything from Tron before I touched almost any of this collection.
Well sure! I mean, the Tron stuff Lights up! lol
This collection is so resolutely ugly its gasp worthy.
I feel like blue would be the predominant color here if it were Tron Couture. Unless we are saying it is Epileptic Tron Couture. Then I am inclined to agree with you.
Aw, those chevrons look like diapers. No, just No.
The only good part in this entire collection are the models bare chests! The rest is just gimmicky over designed BS!
You know it when you see it – crap.
You are supposed to peel off the Biore strips when they are dry!
Breathtakingly ugly for the most part. Induces the opposite of gay gasp: the gay heave.
I can’t even make out the individual pieces in most of these. It’s like piled on fabric…
I’d like to see how it gets translated to Ready to Wear pieces. The color and patterns are interesting, but the shapes and styling are pretty bad
Yeah, not sure I can get behind this post-tribal-pseudo-retro-space-ninja thing…
Something tells me the loin cloth with the crotch target might not be a hot seller.
But it comes with darts…
Is the objective of these high end designers to sell clothes or to make art? I would say the close are very youthful an certainly not my demographic’s . I didn’t mind some of them , they have sort of a tribal vibe about them.
My mind may be playing tricks on me, but somewhere in there I think I saw one shirt that someone might actually wear.
Oh, wait. It’s a Cosby sweater.
um. gee. The all black and all white was nice…individual pieces, perhaps…this really begs for a discussion on the wearability of high fashion vs runway fashion as art.
I’m not sure how to assess this collection. It’s graphic but the styling so extreme, I can’t process the clothes
The models seem nice
Right! When I can manage to focus on individual pieces, a number of them seem really interesting, and even wearable. But it’s all so overstimulating that I can’t look at it for more than a few seconds.
All of this is aggressively ugly but the sandals (especially the white variety) provided me with a much-needed laugh this morning, so I’m very thankful.
I agree. I would laugh out loud at any guy wearing them.
I’ll say this, it’s cohesive as a collection. Other than that, pretty hilarious. That crotch dartboard could be dangerous.
It’s like it’s very very late at night and you have a really old teevee and then suddenly the picture goes all weird and static-y and one channel is showing “Avatar” and another is an infomercial from a computer trade school and there are horizontal lines that bounce up and down and all the while the man keeps trying and trying to sell you soap and tanning lotion but you can’t find the remote and you’re oh so sleepy.
“We are in control…do not try to change your channel……”
This is probably a pretty accurate description of this collection. Or an LSD trip. Same difference, right?
Transformers Chic! Oooh lala!
I has confused. I know I’m supposed to mentally edit out all the runway uber styling, but even if I can manage to do that, I am still not seeing wearable pieces. This is a total wtf? for me.
Design inspiration: “The pile on the laundry room floor after some kid’s soccer tournament.”
I do like the guys who look like they’ve already taken half of it off…now, about the OTHER half.
My first thought is that they are designing for the Philadelphia Mummers parade, American Indian theme
Or Mardi Gras Indians.
Why do they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars creating this “fashion” when no one is ever going to wear it anywhere? I just don’t get it.
Did anyone see the first picture and wonder when Coco Montrese starting doing makeup for Givenchy?
^ The shade of it all.
Just look at their faces. They know how fucking ridiculous they look.
I’m sorry. What was this again?
In addition to this site, I also frequent a “geek” site that features all the stuff you see at places like Comic-Con. For a second, I thought I’d typed in the wrong URL.
Comic Con is more subdued. Also, usually, you can focus your eye somewhere.
Some of the shirts are wearable. The stripes more than the prints. None of the pants, and mesh jackets for men are a whole lotta look.
Not. Aesthetically. Pleasing.
I just don’t get it. Aren’t they supposed to be designing clothing? That, like MEN would wear? I see nothing here that I think is wearable.
Well, *that* was different. I can see the motherboard-explosion shirts showing up at GenCon.
Dafuq did I just see.
I’ve been trained by T Lo to look for the wearable separates. … Some shirts and a couple of pairs of pants? Do the sandals count?
Note to designers: Crotch face is no better of an idea on men than it is on women. Stop doing that.
This is NOT GOOD. It looks like a bad student show.
It’s all tribal and shit!
Star Wars + a lot of cough syrup + dream catcher = this.
I’m just thankful this didn’t come with any accompanying text discussing the collection’s inspiration.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This is a joke…right?
These prints remind me of what a lot of premium skate brands have been doing for the last few years. Just styled for a runway in Europe, not a mall in America.
Do you think the models were thinking, ‘please put tape on my face so people don’t recognize me in this gawd awful clothing.’
busy busy busy.
A couple of the shirts, yes, but I had to work really hard visually to even see them.
It’s like they decided to make Breathe-Right strips a fashion thing. And failed.
The boys – wonderful; the clothes – hideous.
Urban samurai. I love this – obviously some of the looks need to be edited to their component pieces, but everything, in my opinion, is awesome.
Add me to the minority. They may not be practical, but I love these looks. The Katrantzou comparison is spot on.
I agree that edited down to component pieces, many, even a majority of these are going to be saleable, even popular (If they work as athletic wear, those leggings could be HUGELY popular, IMO). The Katrantzou comparison is apt – I dislike the “geometric shapes stacked on top of geometric shapes” prints in the same way I dislike most Katrantzou prints. It’s a visceral thing – looking at them I feel mildly agitated and oppressed simultaneously. So I imagine that some people are going to viscerally LOVE them.
I think the problem, in this case, is how to go about the editing. It’s a bit too much over-stimulation/over-saturation for me (and my eyes). It’s difficult to edit something when you don’t know where to look or how to process it.
Ground Control to Major Tom….
Gary Numan would rock the suits.
Somehow all their computers got infected by the same virus but no one noticed…
It’s a cacophony of pretension.
No, no, no.
Wow, if I saw any of these guys walking down the street, I’d be looking for the guys in white coats from the mental ward chasing after them.
I don’t think high fashion has to be wearable by most people, but I do expect something aesthetically pleasing or intellectually interesting. This is neither–it’s just creatively bankrupt.
Obviously I’m channeling my long-lost youth, because I think this is awesome!
These guys all unfold or rejoin into battledroids, each little grouping representing a different planet around a dying sun. Most of them are allies, but one can never be too sure who one’s friends really are. The dudes in the white and black suits (row 11) are the villains, twins from a rival planet that needs sunlight. Row 3 are their rank-and-file minion/fighters. Red diagonal sash guy in row 10 is their main general, who continuously fucks up but they can’t kill him because this is weekday afternoon TV. GRAND EPIC ANIME ENSUES.
you guys, look! the Autobots had a costume party!
Loved the color palette, loved some of the prints (with a clever preference for the stripes) but as a whole that collection is soooo busy and heavy that I cannot discern every single individual piece. Wearable by the mortals? Definitely not. Art concept’ Sure. Why the infinite layering? Why the über-bad styling? Silhouette is crazy bad. Imagine a very thin guy wearing that, a walking joke.
I realize I have no style sense or idea about haute couture (except how to spell it, I think) but seriously? Why would a designer waste time and money designing and making any of this silliness. Other than the color palette (I agree with Beto on that) the whole mess strikes me as halloween costumes dreamed up by 10 year old boys!
Well, unlike yesterday’s Dior horrorshow, you can definitely see a through-line in this!
I’m buying these for my son so he can blend in with his video game controllers.
Sorry, comic book characters belong in cartoons. Not a single man of my acquaintance would be seen wearing any outfit in this collection. Maybe the sandals though.
I can see the leggings being a HUGE hit amongst runners & other athletic types among my acquaintance, IF they’re made of sports performance fabrics and cut and seamed for functional athletic wear. But I do not like the prints by and large, so that eliminates a lot of this.
Saving the leggings and the solid white and black suit ensembles, a few of the shirts and many of the sweaters are my take away. I can’t even judge the striped shorts, other than that they are over-baggy, they might work. Persons will wear the striped polo shirts, but they don’t look special enough to me to pay for the designer’s name.
God I love Givenchy. Not the most wearable but just straight up creativity.
Yes, I do believe we have shirts, shorts, some jackets, some leggings, t-shirts, and a dickhead. Amazing. Some of it could probably be sold as separates.
I’m struggling to remain open minded. This is just….too much.
I’m probably in the minority but I am fascinated by (most of) this. The color palate is so rich. The pieces are so tectonic and so much movement – Wall E vs samurai vs maori rugby. The groupings on the webpage – striking.
I wouldn’t wear any of these as they are styled right now (especially the shorts over tights/sandals with everything. The styling is beyond insane), but I love most of these pieces by themselves. Those prints are everything that I need.
Oh give me a break. I can’t even… I can’t even look at this.
Ask that Peter what’s-his-face…yes, there IS such a thing as too much pattern!
This is just all too weird. It doesn’t even seem like there are one or two wearable pieces buried in this mess. Also, I HATE the makeup.
In the words of any given thirteen-year-old on facebook: “lol wut”
Is it weird I kind of like the skirts?
I feel like my eyes were just assaulted. Repeatedly and non consensually.
This looks like what an 80s filmmaker imagines people in the 2000s would wear.
Anyway, I have to say: love the color palette, love the stripes, I love the striped meggins (are they called meggins, arent’ they?).
I do love the prints (old school technology! tapes!) but I’d rather see them on t-shirts and sweaters.
Just a question: who’s gonna play darts on somebody’s crotch?
The colors and prints and general craziness of this makes me so happy. It fills me with despair when people dismiss this kind of thing, because it means that next season, all the menswear racks will be filled with beige and nothing else.
I do not think anyone needs a bullseye hung right. there.
I can NOT EVEN with this right now
Aside from– everything,those sandals are god-awful.
I love this collection! I love the colors, and the stripes, and the patterns and prints. After seeing that hideous military thing from Thom Browne, this makes my eyes happy. I love window-shopping the menswear collections!
Some of the shirts are fab!
Wow, that’s a lot of mileage to get off of “Hey, if we added a bunch of elements that look like the guys tied a jacket around their waist, that would be a new and different shape for menswear”.
That said, while there are a LOT of clunkers here (okay, mostly clunkers), there are are also a few that I really like (the headline look, the black coat in the middle of the 11th row. I even like the 1st in the 10th row and think the middle in the second row is sort of interesting.)
I do wish designers would stop feeling like they have to put random shit on their models’ faces. I get how it works with the theme, but seriously, who looked at these looks and said, “Hey, what these really need is ANOTHER element. I know! Face paint!”
Which one’s the Decepticon? Not feeling it. Some of the tops…..that I can see. They’d look fab and a half over some skinny jeans (worn by a hot guy standing barefoot in the sand. With wet hair. Smelling of sea air and Sandalwood. Hey – it’s my fantasy ). ‘Fraid the rest remind me of that Subaru commercial with the guy painting.
I only liked the tank top with the retro computer print.
targets on crotches? really?
While some of the layering is interesting, this is gigantic, can’t-look-away train wreckage. So hideous I’m gobsmacked.
Hm. Well, against the tide of comments here, I like it. I like the tribal flavor (although I have no idea what kind of tribe it might be) and the sports vibe.
Am I the only one who is deeply disturbed by all of the crotchfaces going on in this collection?
I kinda love it.
Street R2D2 – I really dig it!
re: their faces:
you know sometimes i *hope* that the models don’t look at themselves in the mirror before walking, for fear of smiling/laughing at how they look.
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