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As­so­ci­ate Fash­ion News Edi­tor Ger­ald Tan dis­cov­ers the util­i­tar­ian side of haute cou­ture

It has been a mo­men­tous year for Clare Waight Keller—be­sides scor­ing the gig of o a life­time by dress­ing the Duchess of Sus­sex for her royal wed­ding, the 48-year-old is also fast es­tab­lish­ing her­self at Givenchy in the t ca­pac­ity of its new­est Artis­tic Di­rec­tor. Waight Keller’s lat­est fall/win­ter cou­ture out­ing for the Parisian Mai­son may be a mov­ing trib­ute trib to its epony­mous founder who passed passe away in March, yet it’s also a per­fect perf ex­am­ple of how her brand of re­strained fem­i­nin­ity is al­ways b backed by a sense of prac­ti­cal­ity. In a rar­efied world of­ten filled with pre­cious con­fec­tions, Waight Keller gave cou­ture a func­tional kick by show­ing a di­vine num­ber lay­ered un­der an unas­sum­ing trench coat ( (12). It’s a sim­ple-but-im­pact­ful gestu ges­ture worth re­peat­ing: A dra­matic dre dress (3) forms a solid base for the ense en­sem­ble, over which you layer an in­ter in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the out­er­wear (6) tha that has been cut longer for ex­tra flair. Add em­pha­sis to the neu­tral pal­ette with metal­lic ac­cents, cour­tesy of a strik­ing pair of ear­rings (8) or a sculptural cuff (2). De rigueur white an­kle booties (4) ce­ment the look, while a spritz from an in­tox­i­cat­ing scent (7) sig­nals you’re ready to take on the world. ■

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