Clare waight keller
during her six-year tenure as creative director of chloé, clare Waight keller redefined the bohemian, feminine aesthetics of the french maison with flair and considerable commercial success. so much so that, prior to her first givenchy show last october, some even wondered whether she could adapt to the darker, sleeker look that was trademark of hubert de givenchy and, of course, her predecessor riccardo tisci. those who doubted her had clearly forgotten her past stints at calvin klein, gucci, pringle of scotland and ralph lauren, where she designed menswear. a task she has taken on at givenchy as well.
the brand’s spring/summer 2018 show included male models in skinny ensembles – a lot more glam, and a lot less streetwear-inspired, than tisci’s. the silhouette was wide at the shoulders and tiny at the waist for both men and women. functional bomber jackets, leather jeans and miniskirts were the key pieces for womenswear, with some concessions to fantasy made in eveningwear (the designer’s chiffon and lace dresses were the most critically acclaimed). synergy between men’s and women’s collections is central to Waight keller’s approach in her new position. as she tells us, ’i really believe that there’s an importance to that dialogue. the idea of the couple is strongly rooted in the house. that’s something i want to carry forward. today, if you think of the people who are the most influential in the world, they’re often power couples.’
Waight keller (far right) designed outfits showcasing givenchy’s perfect tailoring, such as jackets With strong shoulders contrasting With short hemlines