Clare waight keller

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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

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