Today, Clare Waight Keller presented a decadently powerfully collection for Givenchy FW18 in Paris.
It takes a strong character to wear Givenchy and that was felt in Waight Keller’s designs, especially in the bold-shoulder tailoring, graphic prints, broad faux fur coats and a wide use of leather in jackets, trousers, suits and dresses.
The first half offered every-day separates with high neck knitwear with zigzag patterning, structured leather that had an undone cut to them and fluid skirts – all referencing the codes of the house but minus the stiffness. The men’s collection also felt stronger this time round and unlike some designers who clearly divide the two, there was uniformity in the colour palette and silhouettes delivering a clear Givenchy voice.
The second half felt the strongest with eveningwear having a sense of grace and dignity but with a touch of cool when styled with point toe scrunched boots. Cue the burgundy dress with lace paneling, long sleeve sequin gown and a two-tone black and white dress with the dreamiest skirt adorned in fringing. Despite the looser fit, there was a precision in the cut that evoked strength and modernity – fitting for today’s customer. The final dresses were almost avant-garde with frilled pleated layers moving with every step and catching the light, as though they’re reflecting the moonlight at midnight.