Givenchy, Fall/Winter 2020 Collection, Paris Fashion Week

Editor’s Notes

Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller continues to locate Givenchy in the post-streetwear menswear space with her modern tailoring for Givenchy. For the Fall/Winter 2020 collection, Keller was inspired by the young prince, Maharaja of Indore, Yashwant Rao Holkar II, whose memorable personal style was informed by his life as both royalty and an outlier in the 1930s.

“There was something about him, and the way his life devolved from this incredible opulence and this regality into this […] life of a drifter,” Keller tells Highsnobiety backstage.

Among the high-waisted pants (with a double-zip exposed at the waist) and houndstooth knits, the FW20 collection was notable for the way it incorporated embroidery with some razor-sharp tailored silhouettes and, in some cases, it was even topped off with a magnificent stetson.

“A cowboy hat is eternally cliché, and eternally fabulous,” the show’s stylist Mel Ottenberg told us after the show. It’s not the headwear we thought we wanted, but when it’s paired with a check double breasted blazer and metal-capped boots it feels like the perfect way to saddle into a more grown-up and altogether more dandy-like aesthetic for the new decade.

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This Purple Suit

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Clare Waight Keller has cut one of FW20’s finest silhouettes so far with this purple and monochrome-striped suit. The liberally undone buttons nail that je ne sais quoi feeling.

This Jacket and Stetson 

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A wearable leather trench that doesn’t make us think of The Matrix? Perfect.

These Metal Capped Boots

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Metal caps have been showing up across the board at Paris — Rick Owens did them on his platform high heels — but these oxblood square-toed boots with a creeper-like sole feel like a boot you could keep in rotation forever. Peep the very subtle branding on the tip too.

Words by Max Grobe
Associate Fashion Editor