Haute Couture SS19: Givenchy

YESTERDAY evening Clare Waight Keller sent her third haute couture collection down the empty galleries of the Musée d’Arts Moderne in Paris. The venue was no doubt a metaphor for the collection, titled Bleached Canvas, as the empty gallery was a perfect blank backdrop for the SS19 couture collection.

After paying homage to the founder Hubert de Givenchy, Keller was ready to start on a new slate – a blank canvas if you will – in modern yet subtle splendour with a hint of fetishism.

The opening look defines what modern couture is all about: a sharply tailored blazer with structured waist, with a contrasting crisp white lapel cutting through. Paired with some latex, liquid black trousers. The latter – making multiple appearances through the collection – were designed in collaboration with London-based Atsuko Kudo, responsible for hoisting Beyonce in her fabulous tour look.

Sporting an architectural structure, strong shapes were paired with flow-y skirts, juxtapositioning sharp tailoring with lightness. A new-romantic style, where soft meet structure. Lace had a laquer finish and was paired on top of a full red latex body suit, coming down the runway like a lavish liquid gown, stripping lace from its innocence yet exuding femininity.

Keller livened up the collection by introducing some bold pops of colour to her SS19 couture collection. A fringe dress made out of multi-coloured tubing put a smile on our faces as the pieces of fabrics bounced up and down to the struts of the model. Further experimenting with volume, Keller incorporated feathers, dandelion-like fluff, and the haute-couture backpack. Disguised as a huge bow but worn with straps, this piece will definitely become a stylist favourite.

As the collection progressed, so did the proportions. Fusing mini with oversized, skirts grew shorter and sleeves wider, sculptural sharpness transcended into airy lightness. Keller mastered the marriage between tailoring yet kept it light simultaneously. With sharply cut peplum structured bodices, and flowing skirts cascading from underneath.

Clare Waight Keller stuns with exquisite extravaganza in organza.

by Lupe Baeyens

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