On Tuesday, Clare Waight Keller presented her third haute couture collection as the artistic director for Givenchy during Paris Couture Week. Read on for the five main talking points from yesterday’s showcase.
#1. The setting was all-white…
For Clare Waight Keller‘s third couture collection for the storied Parisian house of Givenchy, she traded in the quintessentially Parisian venues for the city’s Museum of Modern Art. “After last season’s Haute Couture collection, I wanted a clean slate: a blank canvas,” the artistic director tells Vogue. “I interpreted that literally in a completely white box with a super lacquered floor and not a wire in sight.” The set for the Givenchy Spring 2019 Haute Couture collection, entitled “Bleached Canvas”, took over four months to design and about five days to build. “It serves as the ultimate contrast to the saturated primary paint box colors that define the collection, while echoing the shiny surfaces I’m introducing this season,” Waight Keller explains.
#2. But the clothing was colorful
Fringed rainbow dresses, billowing hot pink skirts, yellow peplum tops, and red latex long-sleeves juxtaposed beautifully against the all-white backdrop. The offering was also punctuated with expertly-tailored blazers, sleeveless jackets, embellished evening wear, and plenty of frills and lace.
#3. Leggings got a latex upgrade
The show opened with a black jacket worn with a pair of latex leggings that shimmered like an oil-slick. The leggings were entirely bespoke, created in collaboration with specialty atelier, Atsuko Kudo. Latex also appeared in the form of shirts, and capulets, making for an unexpected, yet refreshingly modern take on evening wear.
#4. Backpacks are the new clutch
Two of the floor-sweeping dresses in the 42-piece collection were accentuated with oversized bows that also doubled as statement backpacks. Say hello to this season’s newest It bag.
#5. Kaia Gerber made an appearance
Shortly after taking the Chanel runway by storm, the mega-model of the moment made her runway debut for Givenchy on Tuesday, wearing a crocheted white dress with cut-out sleeves paired with black, lace stockings, and an elaborate, pearl-embellished headband.