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“Nerd Africa” and “techno-tribalism” are the sort of words that have been flung about to describe Riccardo Tisci‘s 2014 spring offerings for Givenchy. Melding together eye-catching African prints with technologically-inspired designs, the collection comes in departure from the neo-gothic motifs from previous seasons and explores the diameters of boomboxes and broken down home studios amid hues referenced from the Kenyan flag. While the print work has seen drastic alteration, what remains unchanged is Tisci’s silhouette designs, reappropriate traditional tailoring with sporty, drape-like shorts and leggings, paired with sweatshirts and billowy parkas. If the famed designer’s pre-Spring 2014 collection nodded at his affinity for Latin America, this line sees the appreciation of Africa, shifting his directional motifs across the continent with ease.
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