Bonjour Tristesse isn’t quite great cinema — the story it tells a bit too shopworn, its drama often overwrought — but its director, the ever-resourceful Otto Preminger, knew enough to furnish it with great trimmings. With its sumptuous Technicolor photography, picturesque setting on the French Riviera, and even title cards by the legendary Saul Bass, it’s about as handsomely mounted as a Hollywood production can get.
But the best thing about the film, even more than the world’s introduction to Jean Seberg and her iconic fourth-wall-breaking gaze, were the costumes, designed by none other than Givenchy. The gowns donned by Seberg and Deborah Kerr were the major focus at the time, but looking back now it seems obvious that the men's-wear was every bit as good. David Niven, in full-blown playboy mode, walks around his luxurious seaside estate wearing more great summer shirts than most men would know what to do with. We suggest following suit. Check out how to lift Niven's debonair coastal style in the slideshow.
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