Since the announcement of new artistic director Clare Waight Keller, this is the first Givenchy collection to be released. Therefore, it was no surprise that fashion reporters were looking for clues in the Paris showroom, but because she had only just settled into her new role, the communications team emphasized the monochromatic lineup was drawn from the women’s and men’s studios.
Despite the staff shifts, the company refused to let their designs wait for the adjustment. The popular Infinity and Horizon bags were given upgraded makeovers while the new hybrid style Sway could very well be a new fashion staple. The lookbook locations were photographed at places around the Italian capital, which is no surprise since a new flagship opened on the Via del Babuino in Rome. The architectural stage was set, and the themes were carried through each grouping of the collection.
In front of the classic Museum of Roman Civilization, gauzy tulle suiting, a lace cape top, and pleated lace trousers were photographed soundly and seductively. The blue “urban” selection at Corviale was an electric contrast with a flounced workwear parka and a utility-pocket jumpsuit appealed to the cool eye. The bright fuchsia color of the pieces closely resembled the all-red Fall collection shown upon Riccardo Tisci’s departure. In the dark halls of the Palestra del Duce, a breathtaking dress with a medley of lace was photographed among a line of a snarling Rottweiler cameo sweater and silk blouses. Overall, the collection offers a fresh, stylish look before Waight Keller transforms the line into something of her own. Nonetheless, this was a brilliantly designed collection to come before the new Waight Keller era.
(Collection Images Courtesy of Givenchy)