You might’ve noticed that the Givenchy boutique disappeared from the Dubai Mall landscape for a little while, but now it found a shiny new home in the fashion avenue.
Inside the 331 square-meter space, and 4-meter-high ceilings the store houses Clare Waight Keller’s women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections displayed in line with the Brand’s DNA. The store also boasts a VIP room with dedicated fitting rooms made of mirror and pink velvet walls – Audrey Hepburn would approve.
Like the Givenchy runway, the retail space keeps a modern focus with architectural rigor and a black ground even as it brings out certain details of the House’s heritage. For example, herringbone oak flooring with natural finish has been installed in the spirit of traditional Parisian parquet.
The store opens with the Spring 19 Pre-Collection RTW inspired by Waight Keller’s British roots by mingling traditional men’s tailoring and fabrics with playful cues such as Eighties-inflected sharp shoulders and asymmetrical lines and grounding it all with day-to-night practicality.
Minimalist black dresses contoured in white keep company with statement pieces such as a glossy turquoise leather jacket and tulip skirt, a split-neck funnel top with cropped glazed burgundy leather trousers, or a teal funnel-neck leather top with ribbed cuffs worn over a glazed, straight-cut skirt.
Shades of red also make a strong statement, on a coat paired with a cropped black and red goat jacket, a dramatic one-shouldered evening dress, and a herringbone coat. Lace options flourish this season, for both separates and a crew-neck, tiered evening gown in bonded lace.
Traditional Japanese motifs filter into prints and embellishments, as seen in a dégradé “Japanese Fire flower” print cascading down a mid-length black dress, or mangas reprised as embellishments on men’s bomber jackets and hoodies. Additional embellishments include embroidered crystal starbursts, 4G sequins and 3D leopard stacked sequins.