Riccardo Tisci, creative director for Givenchy, turned to African for inspiration and presented a surprisingly fresh collection in comparison to his previous sombre offerings. Tisci’s tribe of warriors marched out in dynamic prints, a mix of bold stripes and photo prints on layers of oversized shirts, pleated shorts and leggings. These pieces were in line with the luxury sportswear sensibility that has received popular and critical success over the last seasons. By layering T-shirts and jerseys over shirts, coats and parkas tired over suits, Tisci successfully blurs the line between tailoring, street wear and sportswear
Yusuke Takahashi, who was responsible for the designs in this collection, kept in line with the brand’s direction by producing an array of staples like long tunics, pleated denim and lightweight summer jackets in cotton and linen. Although not exactly groundbreaking, his emphasis on bleached tie-dyed fabrics using different dyeing methods made for an energetic and light-hearted collection.
This collection is based on the concept ‘Tour de Bally”, compromising three main themes: City Biker, Cross Country Biker and the Racer Mood. Custom-made bikes were placed throughout the show venue alongside the collection on display. Research-intensive innovative materials like water-resistant suede and wrinkle-free fabrics are travel god-sends. Perforated lightweight leathers looked extremely sporty and functional when infused with Bally’s impeccable craftsmanship and high-tech weather.