There’s a time for everything… Riccardo Tisci announced his departure at Givenchy last January after 12 beautiful years. We won’t deny it was a little shock. But if we’re being completely honest, the brand could use a breath of fresh air. Clare Waight Keller, who had just left Chloé, was appointed as the French luxury brand’s new creative director. She’s the first woman to be in charge at Givenchy since it was founded in 1952.
Designing a first collection for a label such as Givenchy is weight upon everyone’s shoulders. But if there’s anyone who can handle this kind of stress, it must be Clare Waight Keller. We loved what she did at Chloé. And her debut at Givenchy wasn’t bad either. However, the beauty of the collection was in the individual looks, details and not really in the overall image. It wasn’t love at first sight when we watched the livestream. We only started to appreciate the collection when we started analyzing the silhouettes separately.
As to be expected, she went through the archives and re-introduced a clover print from 1961. The 4 G logo is back on track. There were cowgirl / boy influences and quite some suits. It really wasn’t bad but we missed a bit of unity, her stamp on the Givenchy brand. We’re looking forward to see what Clare Waigh Keller has in store for us next season.
Photo credits: Vogue Runway