On Sunday, October 1st Clare Waight Keller presented her first collection since joining Givenchy, opening a new chapter for the Maison inspired by transformation and seduction. Her debut silhouettes paid tribute to Givenchy codes and the power of duality.
Julianne Moore, Pedro Almodovar, Isabelle Adjani, Cate Blanchett… The celebrity front row was packed for the Givenchy show, held in the majestic setting of the Paris Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cité. Nobody wanted to miss one of the most eagerly awaited events on the Paris Fashion Week calendar, the unveiling of the first creations for the Maison by Clare Waight Keller, who was named Artistic Director of Givenchy last spring.
The 68 silhouettes in this first show definitely made an impression, revealing the British designer’s creative palette. In a proposition built on the power of duality, Clare Waight Keller shared her vision of the Givenchy woman. Silhouettes in black and white were joined by vermillion and navy looks, elevated by tiger and leopard prints. Denim jackets had an eighties twist and bold shoulder cuts on jackets were paired with cascading pleated dresses with a plunging décolleté. Bags were carried or worn on the belt, accessorizing evening looks. The designer added some 20 men’s silhouettes to her first proposition for Givenchy as well, with noble materials, jackets worn directly on the skin and skinny pants for a sharp runway look.
The creative energy from this debut collection opens a promising new chapter for Maison Givenchy. Everyone is already looking ahead to Clare Waight Keller’s first haute couture collection for Givenchy in early 2018.
— GIVENCHY (@givenchy) 3 octobre 2017