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The Givenchy Black Piqué Jesus Polo Shirt is the key print of the Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 menswear, a second bite of the cherry and another hefty continuous collection series of Tisci’s iconic imagery thrown in the direction of fashioning religion with designs on niche leading streetwear monopolised by the house brand.
It’s a polo shirt specifically intended for anyone who admired the Parisian designer’s ambition in creating a contentious figure – Jesus Christ – but who balked at that designer’s almost thousand-dollars price. Or those who, for one reason or another, dithered and dallied for just long enough to miss out on it’s predecessor Givenchy’s Spring Summer 2013 Madonna menswear production run.
Low-volume editions are going to be an increasingly important part of Givenchy’s business model, and if it’s to be a successful part the designer needs to be smart enough to satisfy appetites like the one the Givenchy Madonna left in its wake. And so here it goes: this is street-ready religious propagandize, take two.
On paper, the $850 dollars Givenchy Black Piqué Jesus Polo would appear to represent pretty poor value besides the $300 dollars cheaper and only a few details less potent regular print oversize t-shirts. But in reality nothing could be compared further from the truth. Because the moment when you set your eyes upon this street influence, religion burning, monster Jesus concentric polo, if you have so much as an ounce of addiction towards Parisian designers in your veins you will likely be hooked by it. At which point that initial brief glance will turn into a long-lasting gaze of childlike, slightly bewildered amazement, because beneath it’s be-winged cotton fabric skin is very much the real deal. It’s edges has been trimmed in a delicious combination of barb wire – a true testament feature to the house codes. It’s main print has been thoroughly reiterated to include a full on black and white gradient Jesus portrait, a controversial yet definitive figure in the modern day context. So what then is the new $850 like to wear?
The Givenchy Black Piqué Jesus Polo is quite an expensive piece to pay for and it only has a set of prominent details to show. First impression of the super-aggressive oversize print gives off a truly jaw-dropping presence when anyone first lay eyes on it. It has this amazingly old-fashioned charm that you just don’t get in anything similar nowadays. Number one of which is the achetypal double-stars on the upper chest – a symbolic aspect that represents the house brand, and number two of which is the way it looks, the first time if you set your eyes on this thing, your knees literally goes a little wobbly. It is breathtakingly beautiful to see in person and the complete set of barb wire housing the front, shoulders, and the back, makes any Givenchy enthusiast a complete sucker for details like these.
It’s incomparable to the other Givenchy predecessor league prints because of its eccentric uniqueness. The Givenchy Black Piqué Jesus Polo Shirt is accompanied by so much fantastically strong subjective impressions, that the moment one step out the door will definitely invite much gaze – more than what one could bargain for, it is not for the faint-hearted. The Givenchy Black Piqué Jesus Polo Shirt only comes in one oversize cut which gives the wearer a comfortable fit, while sleeves are tapered to accommodate a closer fitting. It’s a method of what a proper polo shirt should always feel like, not too fitted, not too oversize, it does however sort of dynamic terms feels like it’s something from yesteryears, but they made some lovely designer wear in yesteryears, and yet this one in this year is easily the nicest Givenchy top I’ve worn.
Givenchy took the initiative to unveil its Pre-Spring 2017 menswear just merely three weeks prior to the main preview of Spring Summer 2017 at Paris Fashion Week. It was a trajectory projection lookbook series that consist a small collection of 15 head-to-toe retro subculture outfits for the menswear division, armed with notorious accessories to pair with.
The Givenchy Pre-Spring 2017 menswear influences were based upon skinhead romanticism towards the 90s underground music scenes, an expression creative director Riccardo Tisci was also known for his own fair of techno underbelly in the past, having frequented rave parties like “Angels of Love” as a young teen in during his nineties.
Captured at the streets of Naples, known for its renowned grittiness and danger was contrasted against beauty and elegance of the city. The coastal metropolis was a source of pride for the creative director whose have-not upbringing in Taranto and Como didn’t douse deep affection for his home country. It was an indicator of his influence, which has mostly subverted from eccentric corners of many cities.
There are numerous expressions renowned to the house’s traditional code with the use of sporting silhouettes in monochromatic blacks and white order. But perhaps more so than ever before, it’s a test site for new volumes and shapes, creating profiles that were infused between street and couture culture. The Givenchy Pre-Spring 2017 menswear inherits around the same worlds and influences that contains the clubbers featuring a sporty tonal incrustations on the coats, bombers and sweaters, urban-style features in oversized parkas, work wear jackets and tracksuit bottoms with ostentatious signature Givenchy house band, including a number of branded knee socks and rave masks. Meanwhile, traditional suits, jackets, and shirts with stove piped red accents effectively blurred the line between daywear and nightclub underline the brand’s constructed vision of the classic man, as strongly interpreted throughout the past seasons.
The key graphic gutsiness iconography captured in the collection resembles an ancient Egyptian motif reprised from the Givenchy Fall Winter 2016 womenswear collection, it is suggested that Tisci is finding new interested in the old codes. This elevated iconography defined one of three thematic that the creative director deployed for Pre-Spring 2017. The same theme were then transformed to different outcomes, hence an ancient Egyptian falcon visual was paramount as a total athletic feature or was heat-bonded onto jacket tails, other details repeated across archetypes. While offerings of the season were primarily shot on the streets of Naples, providing backdrops that spanned from refined to rundown, a denim range shot in studio rounded out the season.
Riccardo Tisci recognizes it is a challenging moment for luxury and fashion, and his answer is to exalt and hammer home the codes he has been building. “Even young generations, in a moment of crisis, want to buy something that they recognize,” he said. “So identity is the key.”
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Few sections of the fashion enthusiast community are more prone to such things than Givenchy devotees. It’s Parisian’s punishment for making the world’s greatest menswear – on and off, but mostly on – embarking on his second decade at the House of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci has continuously tackled big themes with abstract notions in detailing dark obsessions, religion of the soul, freedom or love driven by dramatic expressions, that any significant change to it will also be regarded as a contentious one.
Unleashed in a torrent of new ideas this runway was oddly painted in fondant-pink, lit up in florescent tubes in a confined space and intense lighting yields a diverse and energetic collection, it was freedom. With the Fall Winter 2012 generation of house motto, the cue was enraged Rottweilers; leading towards Pre-Fall 2012 and 2013, were Sharks and double-headed Dobermans; with the Fall Winter 2015, it was those screaming Monkeys. And now, with the Fall Winter 2016, new-fangled Cobras. How dare they? The fact remains though, that whether or not you like the idea of what Tisci has just done in his latest Givenchy collection of its perennially blooming menswear, he is just wild about animals.
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Translating the Cobra element into a line of clothing is a tricky disposition, nevertheless Tisci will always find innovative ways, it appeared in a dozen times as intarsias, traditional prints, embroidery on typical sweaters, and oddly laser cut-out bomber jackets that had a bit of lumpy effect, as if it was made to look aesthetically substantive, exaggeration in its natural order as though it was a part of the wearer – it’s appeal was a head turner, difficult to be dismissed, and yet draws inquisitiveness to the mind.
Riccardo Tisci grew up in Italy dreaming of America, driven by the land of the free was an interpretation of various subcultures the designer extracted from his recent influence. The bejewelled crystal and studded in riveted elements strikes a very stark contrast in the Fall Winter 2016 collection. The Givenchy’s renegade cult gang dressed up in leather and metal-heavy, bodies volumes, and more blistered forms offer a plenty, visual subtlety, and more muscular than ever.
It is somehow much more prepossessing than the recent anticipated Berlin club kids Givenchy Pre-Fall 2016 Menswear collection and at a much greater contentment to be looked at. Tisic created homage cowboys’ coats yokes of jackets, with shiny crystals gleaming, including a patched of leather in copper rivets, simply penny-sized studs. His main canvas was embellishments, pocking surfaces of coats, the groin of trousers, and the plackets of denim jackets. Riveted elements played a great measure, while harmonizing atop a pointed-toe, Cuban-heeled Mexican and cowboy boots.
What we have here are differing routes to the design of equally appealing clothing. Two years ago you’d probably have given this Givenchy Fall Winter 2016 Menswear collection the edge as a simple object of desire, but now – for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on – I wouldn’t. Perhaps the predominant main collections in the past just ages more gracefully.
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Just 10 days prior to Paris Fashion Week Fall Winter 2016/2017 Menswear preview, the house of Givenchy revealed its latest Givenchy Pre-Fall 2016 Menswear. The complete 15 look featured a photoshoot in the gritty streets of Berlin starring models Deion Smith and John Kolic for the menswear division.
Givenchy has watched the reaction to its ‘Monkeys’ collection closely which was the most desirable print in the recent Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 menswear before signing off an extended decadent screaming pool of Monkeys version, awe-inspired from its class champion and predecessor sibling – the Givenchy Rottweiler from Fall Winter 2012 that has commanded a monumental success. Potentially the initial collection that has proliferated the Parisian brand through leveraging on its print making forte.
The even more hardcore multiplication of screaming Monkeys is the all-new second iteration to potentially uphold another big-hit in the luxury streetwear culture. It’s a measure of the historic significance of 2016 for the house of Givenchy that it can continuously ascend an equivalent replacement for the dramatic crescendo animal print that effectively turned around its fortunes just merely two seasons ago, and almost no one seems to notice. The reason is because the Monkeys collection represents Givenchy doing something it has hardly needed to do all over the past decade – consolidating what has spoilt us in the past.
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There is a clear substance to Givenchy has brought the Pre-Fall 2016 menswear onto the pace of historic relevance. The most distinguishing ‘Swarovski Crystal and Studded’ elements returned this season, reference in details from its fast-moving Givenchy Swiss Crystal & Studded Sandals affair from the early Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection. The designer upped the ante by adorning the iconic impression across an array of ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear, knowing that it has nailed the underlying positioning and broader-brush execution more sweetly than ever. The crystal and studded elements becomes unmistakably distinctive in the new Pre-Fall 2016 menswear, including some breathtaking pieces such as the studded monk-strap shoes. Although some may argue that its initial conception was imitative to Miuccia Prada’s much earlier Spring Summer 2012 menswear which similarly featured multicolor bejewel-stone studs.
Using the same five pointed stars monogram element as another iconic extension from the Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 menswear collection, the facelifted monogram for Pre-Fall 216 has undergone a fraction of makeover, mostly kept in understated in monochromatic colorway and even a leather embossed variant on trench. This five pointed stars monogram is the very first development primitive towards the Parisian house taking inspiration from the initial pseudo-religion experimentation.
Perhaps the most frugal and yet widely embraced offering in the Givenchy Pre-Fall 2016 menswear extends a premium range of handmade denimwear, a symbolic classic of the American West embraced by Riccardo Tisci himself conjures a significant style improvement. The key detailing in this season is micro-distressed – subtle in details like moth bitten resultant, including typical washed out finishes, metal studded translations in denim jeans, shirting and jackets paired with mountaineering boots. This versatility in casual wear pairing is the main ability to relate to most consumers, it is the secret towards the denim’s survival as a clothing staple even in the luxury streetwear segment.
For all its new-found completeness, this Givenchy Pre-Fall 2016 Menswear manages the same trick quite well through reiterating statement pieces of the past – although, in so many objective ways, it’s unquestionably a collection with more competitive anticipation once again.
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It is not uncommon to see that the designer has decided to reproduce popular editions during pre-collections. For Givenchy Pre-Spring 2015 Menswear, there are a few key pieces worth considering despite the continuous resurrection. Any Givenchy fanatics would know that the Givenchy Rottweiler has been the staple print ever since Fall Winter 2011, and for those had missed out earlier or new to the brand stands a second chance to purchase the large Givenchy Black Rottweiler Cuban-Fit T-Shirt which has been the cornerstone for every pre-collection since Pre-Fall 2014. While this may set disappointment amongst enthusiast, there is a new Givenchy Black Rottweiler Embroidered Cuban-Fit T-Shirt which is unique to this season, it features an extensively detailed embroidery work based on the earlier Rottweiler print from Pre-Fall 2012. I have personally seen this piece at Givenchy Paragon, Singapore and truly adore the nature of the craftsmanship. If you are a collector like me I think it would be worth acquiring one, after all these are “essential” pieces with an extra edge.
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