Givenchy S/S 2014 Menswear

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Riccardo Tisci’s Paris spring/summer menswear collection has been inspired by a whole lot of hi-tech, nerdy tribalism. Innovative depictions of audio devices such as classic cassettes, two-player recorders and boom boxes construct loud visual patterns making up the impenetrable prints. This was further reinforced by the energizing, upbeat music during the fashion show. Keeping to Givenchy characteristics, he does not move away from dense layered influences by mixing leggings with sinuous shorts, large outerwear, crew-necks, wrapped-around parkas and wide-cut shirts that all interlink with each other. The all-encompassing use of bold and bright stripes and lines decorating most silhouettes creates structure, tribal dimension and enhances some consistency throughout the collection.

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Painting modified warrior face-masks on some of the models, references African elements, with selected Masai graphics included. He uses a selection of colours within the outfits, comprising of beige, black, blue, white, grey and orange. The patterns generate a robotic, urbanistic aptitude which when juxtaposed with African aspects exhales a compact, multicultural atmosphere. He supports this by simply stating; “I really wanted to express myself, you know, do something really strong. I wanted something ethnic and urban at the same time,” while backstage.

In conclusion, the collection is an oxymoron of techno fashion by emphasizing a cluster of tribal prints with African allusions while still keeping it street retro and ultra-urban, perfect for the stylish, metropolitan warrior.

– Written by Thembeka Yingwana and Edited by Jonathan Lubala

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