A New Era for Givenchy
After being at the helm of Givenchy for 12 years, the brand named Clare Waight Keller as the first female artistic director of the brand. Previously at Chloé, the appointment comes as a bit of a surprise, Tisci and Waight-Keller’s aesthetic couldn’t be anymore different – the former known for his dark Gothicism and the latter for her bohemian feminism. Despite the seemingly odd pairing, LVMH’s chairman and CEO, Bernard Arnault couldn’t be happier about the change of guards, “I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path. I am very much looking forward to her contribution to the maison’s continued success”.
After a series of black and white teaser campaign photos released by the brand, the collection that finally debuted on the first of October. The 68 silhouettes that walked the runway marked a new chapter for the brand in what Waight-Keller described as ‘Transformation and Seduction’. Carrying through the Givenchy of the past decade, black and white ensembles were interspersed with animal prints. While silhouettes were given a 80s twist, asymmetric dresses ruled the runway alongside skinny tailoring.
On designing for Hubert de Givenchy’s woman, who he famously quoted as having “an extraordinary flair for looking dressed with practically nothing. She knows how to look in a mirror, pose and make whatever she is wearing chic. And since simplicity is the only thing she likes, she is always faultlessly elegant.”; Waight-Keller’s debut collection worked in crisp shirting and chic separates, a clear departure from her whimsical Chloé days.