As you already know, Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci won't be presenting a couture collection for Fall, reportedly because he is focusing on his Met Gala co-chair duties. However, there has been talk that the house is taking a more RTW approach following its rise to street wear fame. Last week, Tisci told Style.com that he "wanted to make a much more couture collection for menswear." However, the more interesting bit was from style.com writer Tim Blanks, who wrote: "There was an ulterior motive [to this]. As much as [Tisci] loves seeing people around the world in the Givenchy tees and sweatshirts that have become a virtual uniform for Kids Today, he was keen to challenge himself—and them—by offering something more chic, more…well, couture-ish."
The result: Lapel-less jackets, prints on cashmere and taffeta, suits of tweed and crushed velvet, and lots of leather. The collection was not devoid of the famed t-shirts and sweatshirts. While Tisci's effort to present a more sophisticated RTW collection is admirable, do you really think Givenchy street wear affectionados will be trading in their Rottweiler t-shirts for a printed argyle sweater? I'm not so sure.