Givenchy Men’s

Those who doubt Givenchy’s clout in menswear should know that this summer’s €1200 gold-studded sandals have been sold out for months. Riccardo Tisci seems to be well aware of the phenomenon he has triggered, as his spring 2011 collection delivered exactly what his fans crave. Despite a slightly disturbing atmosphere—i.e. hockey-meets-Darth Vader masks and the soundtrack to the cult 80’s vampire flick “The Lost Boys”—the show was primarily about offering variations on the label’s trademarks: shorts-cum-skirts, streamlined tailoring, pristine shirts (beautifully crafted in lacy fabrics), tight and short combos, bold prints (this time leopard), not to mention torso-baring latin hunks. And, as usual, browsing the front row was an interesting exercise, as it revealed Tisci’s eclectic pop sensibility. This time, guests included French bad-boy rapper Joey Starr, 1950’s Givenchy model Bettina Graziani, twin hip hop dancers Larry and Laurent, and the legendary image wizard Jean-Paul Goude.

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