[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A spooky, floodlit chateau in Paris’ historic Marais area was the venue Clare Waight Keller chose to stage her first couture show since being appointed creative director at Givenchy last year.
Guests were led up a dimly lit stairway as discordant music played to a mysterious hall with shimmering crystal chandeliers. The edgy music and venue represented the future and the past.
The sublime couture creations harked back to the designs of house founder Count Hubert de Givenchy – but Waight Keller infused them with a fashion-forward touch.
The house’s signature sharp shoulder – here, often on shoulder-draped coats – was a running style in the diverse looks that mixed hard and soft. In the more architectural moments, Waight Keller evoked the spirit of Givenchy’s mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga.
Lines – rigid bodices, cinched waists and a hard V-shaped decollete – fused with delicate materials. Feathers flashed vermillion peeking from the inside of a coat and a softly tiered full skirt bled from purple to electric orange and cobalt blue.
It made for some sublime looks that remained highly feminine at all times. Dark romance was at the heart of this accomplished display, which was possibly the best seen all season. – AP
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