De­signer Mood Board: Clare Waight Keller

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In­spired by Hu­bert de Givenchy’s lesser-known sports­wear line from the ’80s, the artis­tic direc­tor’s lat­est con­coc­tion for Givenchy Cruise ’19 ex­plores the fine line be­tween ath­leti­cism and ori­en­tal­ism. By Amy Yas­mine.

Cat­e­gory is: The Get Down, but with an ori­en­tal twist. For Givenchy Cruise ’19, Clare Waight Keller im­bued the mai­son’s dis­tinctly French codes with an aura of ex­oti­cism, roughed up with some street cred. Tak­ing cue from Givenchy’s ob­scure sports­wear line from the ’80s and her re­cent trav­els to Ja­pan, batwing bombers were paired with floor-graz­ing maxis, while ju­doin­spired belts fem­i­nised puffy parkas. “He ac­tu­ally did a sports line at the be­gin­ning of the Eight­ies,” the artis­tic direc­tor ex­plained in an in­ter­view, on the founder’s use of graphic V shapes. “I thought it was in­ter­est­ing to mix that back into the more so­phis­ti­cated tai­lor­ing part.” Cue sub­tle chevrons on a ma­genta-pink midi, or a faux-fur coat in strik­ing ochre. On a more ab­stract note, chevrons were also trans­lated into se­duc­tive cut-outs on an evening dress, as well as key­hole neck­lines on leather ki­monos. “Ki­monos look beau­ti­ful flat as well as they do on the body,” the de­signer added. “There was some­thing quite in­ter­est­ing about us­ing those graphic cuts and lines.” An in­ter­est­ing de­par­ture from the mai­son’s for­mer neo-baroque ap­proach, too.

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Yin and yang trans­lated on a shift dress At­ten­tion on: cinched waists Ki­mono-es­que sleeves with a dose of French so­phis­ti­ca­tion Colour gra­da­tion on a lamé gown

Ef­fort­lessly sporty with batwing sleeves

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