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Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller as artistic director is Givenchy’s first female designer since its foundation in 1952. Known for confident style and graphic silhouettes, Clare will amaze with a new poised aesthetic.

 

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About the designer


The French couture house was established in 1952 as La Maison Givenchy. With Audrey Hepburn as his muse, Hubert de Givenchy was destined to become an iconic name in fashion. In 2005, Italian designer Riccardo Tisci was appointed artistic director. During his twelve years at the helm, he stayed true to Givenchy’s graphic lines but added a slight urban touch. His embellished sportswear-inspired collections soon attracted attention from celebrities, going from Beyoncé to Madonna and the Kardashians.

 

After announcing his departure from the Maison in February 2017, Clare Waight Keller was appointed as the brand’s new artistic director. Working previously as the creative designer at Chloé, Waight Keller is expected to steer Givenchy far away from Tisci’s edginess into a new direction with a more feminine and wearable approach. Known for her flowing and romantic silhouettes and talent for accessories, the Royal College of Art London graduate will bring a breath of fresh air to the French house. Even though Waight Keller has no previous experience in haute couture, Givenchy’s rich heritage will surely provide her with the necessary inspiration and background. We look forward to seeing the first collection of Givenchy’s first female designer in October for spring/summer 2018.

Collection spring/summer 2018

Givenchy’s creative director Claire Waight Keller abided by the founder’s aesthetic by creating statement shoulders and his graphic prints as key elements for the SS18 presentation. The shoulder game presented silhouettes with off-shoulder dresses, extended shoulders tops and epaulette-inserted jackets and dresses. The monochrome collection was highlighted with accents of poppy red, mint green and electric blue. Flowing dresses and skirts were asymmetric thanks to their uneven ruffled hems. The graphic patterns appeared as clover flower prints and colourful stripes. Western-inspired boots added a sturdy feel to the ultra-feminine dresses.