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Cultural appropriation?  Maybe so, but perhaps it can be excused if it's done well.

Here, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli looked to the continent of Africa generally as inspiration.  The clothes were maximalist with intricately embroidered bibs, beading, feathers, gathers, fringing, woven mesh, grommets and leather all combining to great effect.  The looks were restrained by being grounded in fairly simple shapes and a subdued palette of mainly black, nude and ochre.  We didn't think everything - such as the muddy-looking tie dyed pieces in the middle - worked but on the whole the collection was both striking and directional.


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