Long before street-style bloggers, there was Malick Sidibé, a Malian photographer known for documenting the look and popular culture of affluent African teenagers in the Sixties. A coffee-table book of his work inspired Guillaume Henry this season. “There was something lazy yet cool about their style, how they would put flat shoes on with a quite formal cocktail dress,” Henry said backstage before the presentation. “I wanted to offer that contrast of casual versus elegant.” The resulting collection captured that vibe with many easy-to-wear pieces, often made from humble materials. A little black dress, for example, was woven from plastic and shown with geometric-pattern flat sandals and a matching ladylike handbag, while a sculptural, rounded coat was made of straw. Henry showed these with dramatic metal and stone jewelry, which reminded him of the pieces songstress Nina Simone used to wear during that era.

Long before street-style bloggers, there was Malick Sidibé, a Malian photographer known for documenting the look and popular culture of affluent African teenagers in the Sixties. A coffee-table book of his work inspired Guillaume Henry this season. “There was something lazy yet cool about their style, how they would put flat shoes on with a quite formal cocktail dress,” Henry said backstage before the presentation. “I wanted to offer that contrast of casual versus elegant.” The resulting collection captured that vibe with many easy-to-wear pieces, often made from humble materials. A little black dress, for example, was woven from plastic and shown with geometric-pattern flat sandals and a matching ladylike handbag, while a sculptural, rounded coat was made of straw. Henry showed these with dramatic metal and stone jewelry, which reminded him of the pieces songstress Nina Simone used to wear during that era.

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