GIVENCHY SS14

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Drawing inspiration from a crash between African and Japanese cultures mixed with Haute Couture techniques, Riccardo Tisci reveals a collection imbued with sensuality and urban elegance. Moving away from prints, he explores a new territory using the simplicity of jersey and intricate embroideries in an explosion of earth colors. The influence of the refined and elegant Japanese culture gives way to kimono sleeves and fluidity in the way the silhouette is envisioned this season. Matched with the natural draping of African women and the extensive use of silk jersey, shapes show dynamism and femininity. The Massaï look together with the craft of Haute Couture pleating merge to create elaborate and graceful dresses and tops. The geometry of harness-like tops worn under liquid jersey dresses adds a tough element to the art of draping.

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A delicate feeling animates paillettes embroidered on silk georgette, thin leather strips sewn together to form a plissé, condor feathers appliquéd on leather and sequins sewn together in a snake-like 3D effect. The make-up masks in multi-coloured Swarovski crystals echo the tribal masks embroidered on panelled t-shirts. The attitude is about sensuality, strength and confidence. That definition of the Givenchy woman is approached this season with fluid dresses, suits and jumpsuits all worn with flat sandals made of transparent plexi, nappa and patent leather with crystal studded heels.

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