How to wear 90s fashion in 2019
As your old gran might have told you once or twice – fashions always come around again. But far from the dodgy flares of the ’70s and the shell suits of the ’80s (shudder), this throwback to the ‘90s by Givenchy has us raking through our old cast-offs for something tailored (that didn’t start its life in BHS).
For Fall-Winter 2019/20 Givenchy returns to the Paris menswear calendar with a standalone collection that showcases a complete day-to-evening wardrobe brimming with contrast, eclectic pairings and a strong nod to the maverick individualism of the ’90s.
But we’re not talking about the flappy shirts of boybands past or more stonewashed denim than The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Givenchy’s collection is recast in a modernised way, with the mood of the era coming through in a series of colour-blocked suits, embellished pieces In embroidered leather and sleek and generous shapes (going back even further to the ’70s).
Drawing from past and present, Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller builds character through volume, mixing lean lines with loose and oversized pieces. Slim suit jackets and boxy coats pair with carefree flares or loosen up a bit with karate trousers.
Traditional checks are tailored into coats and jackets with mother-of-pearl buttons and occasionally embellished with leopard spot - we can’t imagine you dressed this sharply back in ‘99.
Footwear bridges classic styles and younger, more experimental shapes such as a three-buckle monk boot and a mid-calf boot
Thick, flat-soled sneakers from the Givenchy pre-fall collection are back, as are slightly higher biker boots on rock-inflected looks complete with talismanic charms and signet rings. . Patent leather derbies lend a finishing touch to dressier looks.
We’ll leave the Air Max ‘95s in the depths of the cupboard, then...
Givenchy’s Fall-Winter 2019/20 collection is now available in stores across the UAE