Clare Waight Keller continues to put cool elegance at the top of her agenda.
Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy, could simply retire and spend the rest of her life riding the post-Meghan Markle royal wedding wave of acclaim. Instead, she’s busy flexing her sartorial muscles, creating one big fashion moment after another. In June, the British-born designer received an enthusiastic response for her fresh approach to menswear as a guest designer at Pitti Uomo. But on Tuesday evening, Waight Keller turned her attention back to the girls (with a few menswear pieces thrown in) when she presented her Fall 2019 couture collection in Paris.
Titled “Noblesse Radicale,” which translates to “radical nobility,” the collection put a modern spin on traditionally royal garb. It began as a black-and-white affair: There were houndstooth tweed dresses, flawlessly contoured gowns decorated with rows of feathers and sharp-shouldered suits. Next came a touch of pink in a dramatic ruched sleeve top, followed by more pink on a bubble-hem frock that was paired with a matching black cape.
Midway through the 48-piece collection, Waight Keller introduced a lavish shade of yellowish gold, which added a layer of opulence to her pleated and tulle-accented eveningwear. The remainder of the show felt like a brilliant deconstruction of what 18th-century kings and queens wore, complete with delicate lace, metallic brocade woven in a floral motif, ruffles and full-bodied skirts for the females, and a sequin-crusted jacket and ornately embroidered blazer for the males. The result was an explosion of cool elegance.
See the full Givenchy Couture Fall 2019 collection in the gallery below.