Friday, 12 September 2008
The Material Boy #157
Givenchy Buckled Gladiator Derby Shoes
I hope this is not going to be another Balenciaga Gladiator Boots story! I hate having this history repeated...that I cannot get that coveted and rare pair of gladiator style high cut shoes!:-(. Darn, it seems I am going down the same road for next spring summer season cos' I am so fascinated by this pair of Givenchy Buckled Gladiator Derby Shoes now. (The beige coloured ones are TDF!)
Yes, finally Givenchy has made it into the shopping radar of myMANybags...that is Muah! With Riccardo Tisci holding the creative reins of both womens and menswear now, Givenchy finally sees some light in the brand's appeal. No longer the usual run of the mill conservative boring menswear by Osward Boateng and design team. The new direction of Givenchy menswear is definitely more attention grabbing and tongue wagging. It truly allows fashion forward chaps a run for their money if they dare take on some of the 'feminine' inspired looks presented in the collection. Lace over shorts? In bright pink and pink shoes too? Does Riccardo Tisci believe in 'it takes a true man to wear pink' saying?
Well, I for one am not so bold and 'open-minded' yet to accept such a challenge in perception of menswear. But one thing is for sure, I am drooling over these fabulous gladiator style derby(s). It's unique, never seen before (Okay, maybe Balenciaga mens has done something similar before this spring summer season of 2008), but the brogue shoe cum gladiator boots cum mary janes buckle style is quite a quirky mad mix. What a riot and clash of styles, but oh so fun! Wonder what's the 'damage' like on bank accounts?
I could work this shoe look. I think. But I have to try them first of course in case I get ridiculed for being a fashion victim. It's a statement piece. Not for the faint hearted. Especially the bright flourescent pink version. 'Sissyfication' anyone? (Why is the word stuck in my head?!?! Allan...all your fault! It's such a 'cool' word. Hehe. You better come up or suggest a new word for 'macho' to offset this!:-P)
Givenchy...watch out for this label next season. The women's nightingale bags (Diana's blog, www.bagcraze.blogspot.com has lots of pics!) are already being featured as hot man bags in the latest issue of Men's Non+No G. I bet next season these shoes will make it into a lot of editorials. Dun say I did not warn you:-P (Oops, me and my big mouth. Now I will be stressed if that did not happen:-) *Glurp*.)
Source: Shoe pics from www.givenchy.com. Model pics from www.men.style.com