Another big name label underwent a change in leadership. Clare Waight Keller debuted her Spring 2018 collection at Paris Fashion Week just months after transitioning from her role as creative director at Chloé. Black, white, red, and blue cascaded down the runway as gold chains flashed as they dangled off garments and winked from the wrists and collarbones of some of the models.
Givenchy’s new collection was full of dresses, both flowing and firm, and pantsuits, in leather and cashmere. The use of a variety of models mimicking similar trends drew attention, as Givenchy’s collection was one of several designers to convey this theme this week. Subtle Givenchy logos were placed on buttons and other finishings to please fans of the traditional label-flashing garments Givenchy has had in the past.
A staple look in this collection was definitely the red leather trench coat paired with the recurring gold chain hanging off the front. It was matched with gold earrings and cowboy boots. The use of cowboy boots and short, sleek boots conveyed proved perfect for either gender of model.
Though Waight Keller is well known for her fun and feminine dresses for Chloé, she embraced men’s fashion well and even shed a new light on her own feminine designs with tight, powerful styles. Her collection for the spring and summer of 2018 collection pulsed with gold jewelry, small handbags, and a variety of fibers. It was a successful first showing under new leadership.
Clare Waight Keller has seen much publicity lately after switching labels from Chloé to Givenchy less than a year ago. The front row was packed with A-listers in black and white, ready to see what she brought to the table under a new label.
Hundreds of designers attempt to crawl their way to the top for a chance to be shown at Paris Couture Fashion Week. They’re competing to have showings that only last roughly twenty minutes. Givenchy’s lasted fourteen. With some of the biggest names in fashion holding the fort in Paris already, garnering a slot is a daunting task. Backed by a name like Givenchy going into Paris Fashion Week and her experience working with major designer brands, Waight Keller lived up to the challenge.
The designs of Givenchy were perfectly choreographed to take the runway. From the music to the models, strong silhouettes of double-breasted trench coat dresses and tightly fit menswear boldly marched down the runway. Glass Animals’ Life Itself and Pools set the jungle theme and the models put a little bounce in their step as if they were ready to charge through the trees.
To correlate with the many looks, over sixty models were perfectly cast. Male models with long, light brown hair were portrayed like French royalty in their slim pants, eccentric blazers, rings, and shiny boots. The show was half womenswear and half menswear. A round of females dressed in tight leather garments and sturdy trench coat dresses stomped out before a wave of leather-clad men. Next sweeping ball gowns and flouncy cocktail dresses glided down the runway before a rush of blazer-wearing gentlemen strutted out after them. Some of the looks of the males were reflected on the females, and vice versa. A red vertical striped silk tank was first seen in menswear; a female model wore the same print in blue. A blue striped tee was seen on a male model only to be seen in a long-sleeve form on a female just minutes later.
The flowy dresses from her time with Chloé appeared to have carried over with her to Givenchy. She mixed that style with Givenchy’s ladylike styles that he first founded the name with back in the 1950s. Givenchy used to dress celebrities like Audrey Hepburn. Similarly, Waight Keller has seen the designs of Chloé on household names such as Eva Longoria and Blake Lively. Her showing in Carrousel du Louvre this year put out another round of trends and styles of haute, luxury fashion that will be worn by celebrities and fashion advocates internationally.
Garments by Givenchy can be found in The United States, Asia, Europe, as well as countries in the Middle East.