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Paris…Givenchy

For his second season as creative director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci continued his journey from S/S 09 when he sent a runway of models out with shorts and leggings. For F/W 09/10, he made his man a bid more edgy with military crew cuts, more muscular builds, and then tore all the stereotypes down by putting them in knit and leather leggings, heavy wool capes, and even self-described “Frankenstein” boots with a scintillating sheen.  Some of the shorts rendered in duchess satin gave a much-needed feeling of lightness to the heavy steps of the dark-hued looks. Knits mostly were made up of tonal stripes with a long, relaxed silhouette.  It will be interesting to see how Tisci’s new ideal of masculinity actually evolves in future seasons.

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