The exploration of duality is a notion that many designers favour. You see it in the works of designers who try to blur gender lines like Alessandro Michele of Gucci. Others like Matthew Williams of 1017 Alyx 9sm, fuse function and form into futuristic tech wear, while Japanese designer Fumito Ganryu at his eponymous label, seeks to create garments for both the urban landscape and nature.
For Givenchy's pre-fall 2019 collection, artistic director Clare Waight Keller works on the ethos of duality with the exploration of light and darkness. Calling the capsule collection, ‘Glow In The Dark’, she works with phosphorescent materials, to reinterpret her signatures for the maison. Think of the toys from your childhood that glowed neon green when it got dark—Waight Keller translates that idea into a series of T-shirts, hoodies, sneakers and leather goods.
But more than just a gimmick, the ‘Glow In The Dark’ collection is Waight Keller's way of embracing the neon colour trend without going full streetwear. Luxury and streetwear are two sides of the same coin; the pieces are here to give you both, without compromise. When seen in the day, the pieces resemble the monochrome pieces from Givenchy that you are familiar with—sleek and luxurious—but, when the sun sets, it takes on the neon green colourway most closely associated with streetwear.
If there is one piece from the collection that is the epitome of Waight Keller’s concept for the collection, it would be the leather bum bag in black, with white contrast panelling; of course, this glows in the dark too.