On taking the helm at Givenchy in 2005, Riccardo Tisci received one piece of advice from the esteemed French fashion house’s founder, Hubert de Givenchy: "Remember one thing only: Don’t be somebody else. Be yourself." Twisting the original Givenchy codes to create a truly unique aesthetic throughout his tenure, no one could doubt that is exactly what the designer did, and the label’s statement-making T-shirts remain just proof.
The perfect canvas to showcase one of Tisci’s iconic motifs – be it the Rottweiler, Screaming Monkey, a graphic collage or a circle of pentagrams – a Givenchy T-shirt is the ultimate in contemporary luxury.
The iconic Rottweiler made its debut in the AW11 collection, with Tisci taking his bow in a T-shirt bearing the growling face. Said to have been inspired by an illustration in a Boy Scout handbook, the motif returned in many guises.
Beware those seeking to channel borrowed-from-the-boyfriend chic, for while the womenswear collection boasts its own line-up of T-shirts, clearly the men’s styles are all-too tempting.
Whichever T-shirt you choose, let it add edge to off-duty looks by styling it with tailored denim and high-top trainers, adding a blazer for evening appeal.