Designer of the Week - Riccardo Tisci

From now on, I will be featuring different designers from all over the globe to showcase what's hot and fab in menswear!

There's no better way to start my designer of the week series than giving the spotlight to Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci whose Gothic touches and space-age minimalism have placed the Givenchy brand back to the limelight.

Born in Taranto, Italy (1975), Tisci moved to London at age 18. He graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Designs in London and worked for several companies such as Coccapani, Ruffo Research and Puma.

After his contract with Ruffo Research expired in 2004, Tisci started working on his own collection for high-gloss Milan Fashion Week. In March 2005, he was appointed by Givenchy as the chief designer of womenswear and eventually the head in menswear as well.

When Hedi Slimane left Dior Homme a couple of years everybody in the menswear fashion industry was shocked. I thought the glory days of menwear ended when Hedi exited. It has been awhile since I have been excited with a menswear designer until Riccardo Tisci came to the rescue. I do agree that both Hedi and Riccardo have similar aesthetics. But what sets them apart is their vision.

Here are some of my personal favorites from Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2009 Collection for Men

Those amazing bondage boots are to die for...I would do anything to get those!!! I hope they still have it when sale season comes...

Check out the rest of his to die for Spring/Summer 2009 collection!

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