Clare Waight Keller picked out Paris’s museum of decorative arts and design – the Musée des Arts Décoratif located in the Palais du Louvre – to display her Couture collection that brought a modern edge to historic noble styles.
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A long career in Ready-to-Wear, Givenchy’s Artistic Director has explored new territories deeper with her Haute Couture collections at the fashion house over the last few years.
But as Clare Waight Keller sent her models down the runway for AW19, she presented a high volume collection with both timeless touches and newness, creating a theatrical feel.
Dubbed the Noblesse Radicale collection, the 49 looks took inspiration from a mix of the aesthetic of the past of French nobility and a modern, rebellious edge. Givenchy took inspired from the settings and environments of this past and well as just the attire, and gave it a deconstructed update.
Traditional tweed was torn in full-length dresses, hound’s tooth was shredded and crossed over to take away from the order of pattern, while flyaway ribbons escaped from fitted bodices Feathers created excessive volume on black and white gowns while rounded shoulders with hourglass waists accentuated shape.
An undone glamour was the overall feel, still gothic and romantic but verging on chaos.