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Givenchy

With Clare Waight Keller as artistic director, Givenchy has their first female designer at the helm since its foundation in 1952. Known for her confident style and graphic silhouettes, Clare will bring a new poised aesthetic to the brand that will ensure an interesting new wave to Givenchy’s existing clientele.

 

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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 autumn/winter 2017

Givenchy presented a captivating collection created by the studio team, before the highly awaited arrival of Riccardo Tisci’s successor: Clare Waight Keller. The ‘interim’ collection consists of 27 looks featuring some of the brand’s most significant sensations of the past twelve years since Tisci was at the helm. Iconic statement pieces were re-imagined featuring the ‘Nightingale’ bag, Bambi-printed sweater, and the ‘Shark-line’ knee boots paired with slip dresses. Another interpretation shows the Madame-Grès-inspired dress from the SS14 collection now executed in a red sequins. The entire collection was soaked in a typical Givenchy hot red and will also be available in the brand’s other signature colours: black and beige. One thing is certain about these 27 silhouettes: Riccardo Tisci will sincerely be missed.