Last Fall when Givenchy let loose on the runway their Spring 09 collection, it was the shoes that seemed to get the most attention. Even I, who normally isn’t a huge Givenchy clothing fan, fell in love with their modern take on the classic wingtip. (click for the full Gaycondo article from last fall)
For their new Fall line, Givenchy has taken a similar innovative/mash up approach. This time, they have taken the classic oxford and given it a new twist by either wrapping it in bandages or coating it with texture and color that camouflages it’s shape. These shoes are forward looking yet self reflective and rooted in tradition. This is, in my opinion, the best approach to take when creating new styles.
Anyway, mark my words, these are going to be the hottest thing in men’s fashion magazines for Fall.