Backpacks, latex, and modernity dominate the third couture collection by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy held at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville.
Last season she dived into the archives to pay tribute to the founder Hubert de Givenchy but last night in Paris, in a space that was designed to look like an empty white room (a blank canvas if you will) she went in an opposite direction to deliver a contemporary vision with elements of timeless glamour.
The British designer ‘pure’ aesthetic is something we admired in the wedding gown she created for Meghan Markle, and here she continues to focus on clean lines, tailoring, and saturated colour. She also collaborated with the London-based latex expert Atsuko Kudo (famed for his tour costumes for Beyonce) on shiny leggings that were styled underneath sheer lace dresses.
As with any modern work of art, they were moments that made you smile such as the maxi pearl headbands, giant bows disguising their true purpose as a backpack, extreme rainbow fringing. And there were moments that made you sit still and admire, such as the fine use of lace, playful positioning of the feathers and precisely cut jackets with contrasting lapels.
Every piece, even the more architectural creations, had elements of lightness concluding the show with a feeling of calm grandeur.