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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.