For the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Riccardo Tisci embarks upon a journey from America to Africa. From L.A. skaters, nerds obsessed with vintage 1970s computers, electronics’ loudspeakers to African ethnography, the show is about mixing colors, shapes, designs and prints. Colorful silhouettes exude a sporty elegance and a freedom of layering with contrasting elements.
Bright and light computerized motifs give a dynamic and graphic take to prints. They are merged with an influence of Masaï and Zulu bold iconography, layered together with the energy of sportswear. Every kind of stripe animates the garments while targets and go-carts add further visual effects. Placed or worked in patchwork, each print reveals elaborate compositions. Intricate fronted shirts and athletic t-shirts with cut-outs also inject geometry.
Oversized shirts, polos, parkas, pleated bermudas and leggings alternate with fitted tailoring. Classic cotton fabrics such as poplin, jersey, gabardine and piqué contrast with thick nylon, silk organza or georgette, printed leather, satin and nylon knitted mesh. Neo-tuxedo pants in plain or printed cotton poplin are layered with silk georgette demonstrating masterful construction.