Just over a year ago, I was privileged enough to have picked up a Givenchy Green Fighter Jet Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt from BOOMBAYEH – a Netherlands designer specialist who has concede flexible shopping and shipping terms at his notably eBay website, has continuously fashioned me as a loyal customer. The Givenchy Green Fighter Jet Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt back in Pre-Spring 2013, was no doubt one of the most desirable and sought after Givenchy oversize t-shirt. It is no surprise that the t-shirt took the best seller in its category.
The Givenchy Green Fighter Jet Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt was a one of a kind, one can literally observe the abstract spitfire print detailing all day and get daze off the boundless clouds with silver-gold lining. An exclusive print t-shirt that features all the best key trademarks, such as the contrast 2D star-coding neckline, Tisci’s “7” and “4” sleeve numbering, and even superseded initials were signed off dating back to the creation year 2012. The fighter jet print main characteristics draws from the immense eye candy complication facade, several World War II fighter planes took part in the abstract propeller focused print, ranging from Supermarine Spitfire to the A6M Zero Fighter that keeps the historic concept buzzing perpetually.
It felt like the ultimate prized treasure to my wardrobe collection, and made me a very happy owner. But unfortunately earlier that year, I was careless enough to have lost it by leaving it in a hotel’s closet during a getaway trip to Singapore. What was even more unforgivable is when I only realized it was gone returning after a week. Much to my dismay, I could not believe I have left behind an almost brand new $700 Givenchy t-shirt! And yet till today, the feeling of losing it still remains a painful memory and thoughts haunts me every time I recall how absent-minded I was – One man’s pain is another man’s pleasure.
Despite the unfortunate event a year ago, I was offered two generous opportunities in Fall Winter 2014 to repurchase the Givenchy Fighter series since I find the latest Givenchy Bauhaus Basketball collection unfavorable to my liking. Late in Pre-Spring 2013 saw the introduction of the Givenchy Red Fighter Star Appliqué Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt, a very expensive ($1,150 at launch) star appliqué value added model that saw several consumers lose their shirt on when it was revealed shortly after the Givenchy Green Fighter Jet Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt. Since its inception, the red fighter t-shirt hog the limelight over the earlier green fighter variant, I could recall how fast the sizes were checked out on websites, flew off shelves in-stores eminently, and even the local Givenchy boutique in Malaysia kept its reservation a secret, only saving for their most exclusive clientele.
The Givenchy Red Fighter Jet Star Appliqué Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt enjoyed meteoric sales success, it was extremely difficult to acquire even with its willful extravagance prices back then, and I was not even spared with any luck. The first opportunity collection arises in late July 2014, when a Givenchy specialist had offered me a chance to purchase the hugely popular Givenchy Red Fighter Jet Star Appliqué Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt in a brand new in a size XS, while the second opportunity came knocking on my door (or mobile phone) when a Singaporean friend persuaded my self-indulgence to purchase his untouched closet sleeper Givenchy Green Fighter Jet Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt in a size XXS – it was a difficult but enjoyable decision.
Although Pre-Spring 2013 may be considerably a dated collection, the Givenchy Red Fighter Jet Star Appliqué Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt still feels fashionably relevant by today’s standard. This is mainly because the designer no longer produce t-shirts like these. The red fighter t-shirt was probably the last remaining example set to feature the prominent onyx marble-effect star neckline application that traces back to its design pedigree since Givenchy Spring Summer 2010 – serving up a more refined embellished excitement, than its current descendant, the star embroidered patch.
It seems that Givenchy has quietly deleted the star appliqué feature on all its collection at much the same time that a more economical star embroidered patch version was shortly introduced into the rest of the neckline focused range to see it through the future seasons of production. The main reason I personally believe contributed to the discontinuation of the star appliqué feature was because of the known faults that have been reported by owners. Number one is the vulnerable onyx marble-effect star application breakage, which can mean a whole new star component replacement. Each star appliqué features a narrow 5-pointed edge, drilled with a two sided loop hole on each pointers to keep the embellished star in tack with the clothing. Despite undergoing careful precautions in sewing process, the fastened star appliqué pointers often lead to cracks and chip offs. I’ve been wearing the red fighter t-shirt for quite a number of times and soon realized that one of the rear star appliqué already came out loose with a broken pointer. Thankfully Givenchy shares these sentiments, and as a result, a brand new star appliqué component replacement part can be obtained directly from the online customer support team.
No t-shirt combines excitement, wearability and relative practicality with quite the same panache as the Givenchy Red Fighter Jet Star Appliqué Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt. It will be remembered as one of the best Columbian-Fit t-shirts the Parisian designer has ever produced and will become a collectors item when it recovers from its white elephant image. The smallest sizes are probably the most satisfying of the lot as they are highly demanded with its market rarity.
PLACES TO BUY GIVENCHY RED FIGHTER STAR APPLIQUÉ T-SHIRT
SSENSE – Givenchy Red Airplane Print Star-Embroidered T-Shirt. Boxy short sleeve t-shirt in mottled tones of red and green. Signature vintage airplane print throughout. Contrasting ribbed knit collar in black. Black glossy star accents stitched at yoke. Tonal stitching. Body: 100% cotton. Trim: 100% polyester. Hand wash Made in Portugal.
GIVENCHY RED AIRPLANE PRINT STAR-EMBROIDERED T-SHIRT
SSENSE $1170 – SOLD OUT
Farfetch – Givenchy Fighter Jet Printed T-Shirt. Black cotton blend t-shirt from Givenchy featuring a round neck, short sleeves and a red and green fighter jet print on the front.
Harvey Nicholas – Givenchy Printed Star Appliqué Cotton T-Shirt. Givenchy multicoloured T-shirt Printed with star appliqué at ribbed collar. Slips on 100% cotton. Hand wash. Length shoulder to hem: 29 inches/ 73cm – Semi-fitted style – This style runs true to size – Model is 6’0”/ 183cm, chest size 40 inches and wears a size medium.
GIVENCHY PRINTED STAR APPLIQUÉ COTTON T-SHIRT
Harvey Nicholas £625 – SOLD OUT
Selfridges & Co. – Givenchy Star Appliqué Printed T-shirt. Givenchy’s printed t-shirts boast a cult fashion following and this new season spitfire print is the perfect example why. Made for an oversized fit, this statement separate is finished with appliquéd stars around the neckline.
GIVENCHY STAR APPLIQUÉ PRINTED T-SHIRT
Selfridges & Co, £625 – SOLD OUT
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