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Focus on: Givenchy Tartan Doberman cashmere blend scarf

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.

Detail of the doberman print.

Detail of the doberman print.

The difference in the textiles between a classic 100% tartan wool scarf (above) and the Givenchy modal and cashmere scarf (below).

The difference in the textiles between a classic 100% tartan wool scarf (above) and the Givenchy modal and cashmere scarf (below).

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”.

Givenchy Double Zipper Ankle Boots Review

I was always attracted by the likes of “side-zips” ankle boots, especially by the pairs produced by Maison Martin Margiela, which are the most famous: therefore, when I found this pair of Givenchy double zipper ankle boots I really liked the fact that the side zippers were not hidden and concealed as in the Martin Margiela boots but were rather used as strengths of the shoes, bringing together aesthetic and functionality. As you can see in the pictures , the Givenchy double zipper ankle boots feature an almond toe and a low (2.5 cm) heel, making them great as casual shoes and also as dress boots:

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The boots came in this nice white polished box, along with two cotton dustbags.
They are made in Italy and they feel really sturdy on feet: the construction quality, especially on the Goodyear welt sole, is excellent, but you’ll need at least two weeks to break inside of them; regarding size, I went true to size ( EU40 ) and they fit like a glove.Speaking of the Givenchy double zipper ankle boots details, here’s a list of them, pictured down below:
– The zippers are solid and have a silver-tone finish, and are produced by Italian company Lampo, the same that provides zippers for Balmain clothing
– The inside is fully lined in a soft brown leather, that contrasts with the black on the outside
– The sole is embossed with the name of the french fashion house and is made of leather

 

Close-up of the right sole after about 1 month of wear. You can see here Givenchy logo embossed on the sole.

Close-up of the right sole after about 1 month of wear. You can see here Givenchy logo embossed on the sole.

Detail of the toe and the Good-Year welt.

Detail of the toe and the Good-Year welt.

Lining on the inside and production serial number.

Lining on the inside and production serial number.

Close-up detail of the Lampo zipper and the leather pull tab.

Close-up detail of the Lampo zipper and the leather pull tab.

Like I said before, the Givenchy double zipper ankle boots are extremely versatile: you can wear with a casual outfit or even for dressed-up events. Pair them with a distressed jeans to get a biker, or rock n’ roll chic style or wear them with your dinner suit attire during your formal occasions; the choice is yours.

The Pros: made in Italy; great quality leather, even in the inside lining and on the sole; top notch zippers; outfit versatility.

The Cons: hefty price tag.

The Verdict: The price tag of 900€ makes them an investment piece, but the top-notch craftsmanship and the sleek, modern design will surely pay back for all the times you are going to wear them.

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