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Staged in New York City last September 11, the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection brought an infusion of Indian and Parisian culture to New York Fashion Week. Coinciding such a theme with the solemn 9/11 anniversary could seem a tricky proceeding, but this was more than just a fashion show. It was a celebration of multiculturalism with a diverse mix of references on the runway.
European laced dresses were paired with Indian inspired draped pieces. The black color and the dark skies evoked a sadness and a sensitivity towards the attack that happened in New York City 14 years ago. The mix of different religious music themes felt like a prayer, making the collection much more relevant and spiritual. Ironically, a few models lost their balance during the runway show. It was not an ordinary and happy fashion presentation, but a peacemaker runway walk that sought to change the world of fashion and politics.