Givenchy’s new creative director, Clare Waight Keller, has just showed her first couture collection, and in doing so, it marked the official return to couture for the French house, which discontinued the line back in 2012.
While we’ve already gotten an appetiser of the direction she intends to steer Givenchy towards (see her S/S’18 ready-to-wear), couture is basically where designers are supposed to mesmerise, entice and delight customers with their loftiest designs.
Here, we take a look at Waight Keller’s debut couture effort (hint: we’re completely sold):
#1: Expect fantastic tailoring
Tailoring was a strong suit (pun unintended) at Waight Keller’s debut collection for Givenchy – S/S’18 ready to wear – and if anything, it’s only gotten stronger with the couture collection. Deservedly so, when you’re paying at least a 5-digit sum and upwards for any one couture outift. Trivia: Nicole Kidman was the first celebrity to wear the new Givenchy couture at the recent Golden Globes – it was a modified version of the first outfit from left.
#2: When in doubt, throw a fabulous coat over eveningwear
If you’re the sort who loves a pretty frock but don’t want to go the whole princess-y route, do a Waight Keller and opt for a great coat to give your look a tougher edge. The British designer whipped up all sorts of amazing outerwear options, including a latex trench and a feathered longcoat that elongated silhouettes and elevated the gowns underneath.
#3: She’s retained some of Givenchy’s signature dark romance
Under her immediate predecessor, Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy became synonymous with a brand of gothic romance that was both alluring and poetic (Rooney Mara is famously a fan of his designs). It would appear that Waight Keller holds a similar stance to Tisci, though her rendition comes across as a little more modern.
#4: Diverse eveningwear options
Many, many evening options for Givenchy’s legion of celebrity (and non-celebrity) fans. For the glamazons: the silvery tiered number would be ideal for Nicole Kidman or Naomi Watts. For the directional risk-takers: I can see Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Tilda Swinton and perhaps even Saoirse Ronan in the rainbow gown, and for the girly girls who like things a little different: this exquisite ombre strapless piece would suit Keira Knightley or Zoe Saldana.
#5: Men get to partake too
Though there were only three outfits out of the 41-piece collection, each clearly harked back to the rock-and-roll dudes Waight Keller introduced in her S/S’18 RTW collection with their super slim-cut silhouettes – not to mention that amazing cobalt blue leather trench. As Vogue notes, Givenchy might just be the only label to show both mens and womenswear in their couture collection. Who knows, she might have just sparked off a new trend – we’ll have to wait till July to see if the idea catches on with the other major couture houses.
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