For Spring Summer 2019 Givenchy Couture presented a collection of clothes that are ready for all of tomorrow's parties.

For Spring Summer 2019 Givenchy Couture presented a collection of clothes that are ready for all of tomorrow's parties.

Text: Paul Madley

The Givenchy Spring Summer 2019 Couture collection took place January 22, 2019 in the lower galleries of the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris. The set was illuminated by diffuse light creating a three dimensional white cube for framing the collection, entitled ‘Bleached Canvas’. For her third Givenchy Couture collection Creative Director Clare Waight Keller presented a powerful feminine show that played with volume, color, texture, tailoring and lace. The show was a celebration of modern couture and artisan techniques.

“We are very proud to present both the expertise of our artisans and the modernity that embodies Clare's visions as artistic director of this beautiful brand. For us, it's important to see that the work, the quality and the creativity are well known among our clients” said Philippe Fortunato CEO of Givenchy.

The opening look was a black jacket with one contrast lapel in white and nipped waist worn over black latex leggings (The fetishistc latex looks were created with latex atelier Atsuko Kudo).

The show continued with tulle, organza peplums, flowing capes, origami-like petals, and lacquered finishes. Black and white looks varied  along with looks of bright colors, cobalt, vermilion, bright yellow, ultraviolet and red. Keller juxtaposed traditional and contemporary fabrics to create architectural volume and feminine curves. Glistening pearls featured on raw silk jackets while sculpted blazers, were layered over gowns to accentuate waistlines, and sheer fabrics used to create lightness. 

The show featured crystal embroideries with fringes of ribbon in a rainbow of color. Wow pieces were the giant bows/rucksacks (has Keller created the first Couture It bag?) worn with floor sweeping dresses. 

Sexy racer back dressers, pleated skirts, sheer fabrics and flashes of color created a modernity. “I tried to take the most modern approach possible with everything. It’s all about contrasts, about shape, about beauty, about craftsmanship. That's the direction I want to take this house in. Everything I do comes back to that” said Keller. The final look in white and silver was a juxtaposition between toughness and fragility.

Keller presented a collection that championed artisan techniques and creativity. It was youthful and contemporary but still distinctly Givenchy.



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