Night Noir: Givenchy A/W18 taps into gritty glamorous Berlin of the 1980s

March 7, 2018 @ 12:44PM
By Meera Murugesan

Givenchy’s latest collection combines the best textures and silhouettes for stand-out ensembles.  

The ambient lens of film noir captures the characters of Givenchy’s Autumn/Winter 2018 women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collection.

Evocative of the grit and glamour of Berlin on the cusp of the 1980s, cinematic vignettes portray the starkly photogenic “loucheness” embodied by the night life of that era.

Razor-cut silhouettes gradually expand into spirited volumes. Graphic yet stripped-down lines remain sleek before bursting into rigorous cascading structures while shiny and metallic surfaces galvanise monochrome colouration and solidify in the tones of petrol: black, tobacco, oily blue, peacock, and deep purple.

Archive heritage checks are modernised in graphic compositions. Glossy yet austere, the mood is expressed in a sense of deshabillé dressing: taking its cue from lingerie, slip dresses in Chantilly lace epitomise the slithery lightness of fabrics and cuts. Informed by the haute couture collection – a recurring idea in silhouette and decoration – crisp dry-wool and leather tailoring is sharp and narrow in column coats and long lengths.


Belted and printed coat that captures the mood of the era.
Madly metallic.
For the modern man.
Purple power.
Sexy but understated.
A nod to the eighties.