The best adjective to describe Riccardo Tisci’s work as head designer of givenchy would be “emblematic”, even if you don’t like his designs. Since 2005, Tisci infused new life in the French brand, triplicating its sales, and creating a series of emblematic imagery, even known by people that aren’t interested in high fashion: the best example is surely the rottweiler print, and also the stars motif that we find in the majority of his creations.
Each seasons introduces new prints and imagery, and many of them often become instant classics, going sold out, especially when they are featured on t-shirts and accessories.
Therefore when I found the Doberman tartan cashmere blend scarf, I really liked the design and I wanted to own one of this aforementioned symbolic pieces and so I decided to buy it.
The scarf is made in Italy with a composition of 90% modal and 10% cashmere: modal is a semi-synthetic cellulose fiber made by spinning reconstituted cellulose, while cashmere is obtained from Cashmere goats hair; the fabric feels light and delicate by the touch, and it keeps you warm enough during spring, but I wouldn’t wear during winter colder days and choose a warmer wool or 100% cashmere scarf.
Speaking of size, the Givenchy doberman and tartan scarf measures 140×140 cm, giving it a square shape similar to a foulard and making it possible to wear around your neck like a simple scarf or folded on himself and worn western-style like a bandana. The fabric is printed digitally with a high resolution image, and the result achieved is great: the details on the dobermans, the tartan texture and the chain are “crisp” and well-defined, as you can see in the pictures.
The print is made of four couples of symmetrics heads of dobermans held together by the same Cuban-linked chain with a bold white star in the middle; each of them is arranged in every corner of the scarf, with another silver chain that proceeds along the outline of the fabric, and then there’s the traditional black and red tartan pattern underneath. The scarf isn’t printed on each side – in fact if you flip it you’ll find that the print on the main side shows through the other, adding a kind of washed-off effect that some people might like and others might not.
The scarf is sold inside a shiny white cardboard envelope, with “GIVENCHY” written in black on it, and has a black tag attached; as of today there are many designs of Givenchy scarves that you can buy, but I suggest you to wait for the Spring/Summer 2015 collection to get a scarf aligned with the new 2015 theme print, the Gypsophila flower, commonly called as “baby’s breath”.