All the Buzz in Fash­ion

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Ris­ing from the steps that lead up to the Palais de Jus­tice (a mag­nif­i­cent build­ing nes­tled in the cen­tre of Paris on the Ile de la Cité) was an elab­o­rate metal trel­lis that spelt out “Givenchy” deca­dently in gold. As guests filed past the struc­ture and into the halls where kings for­merly resided, they wit­nessed a new chap­ter be­ing writ­ten for the sto­ried French fash­ion jug­ger­naut: Clare Waight Keller, erst­while Creative Di­rec­tor at Chloé, is now at the throne once oc­cu­pied by Ric­cardo Tisci. It might seem a daunt­ing task to step out from the shad­ows of Tisci’s legacy, but Waight Keller man­aged a steady show­ing that gave a re­spect­ful nod to Hu­bert de Givenchy. Her study of the archives led to an in­fer­ence that the founder de­signed with the shoul­ders as a start­ing point. On her part, Waight Keller tai­lored a bold shoul­der that topped a mil­i­tary coat and sleeve­less tops tucked into pleated skirts. She also res­ur­rected a 1961 clover pat­tern and a 1981 an­i­mal print, which she ap­plied gen­er­ously on breezy, tiered dresses that brought a softer, more fem­i­nine vibe to Givenchy.

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