When Clare Waight Keller was appointed as creative director at Givenchy in March of this year, it was a move we didn't see coming. She succeeded Riccardo Tisci, who held the role for 12 years, becoming the label's first-ever female creative director. Most recently, Keller spent six years at the helm of Chloé, where she built an instantly recognizable, ultra-feminine aesthetic with just a bit of edge. Givenchy's Spring 2018 collection, which showed on Sunday at Palais de Justice, marked Keller's highly anticipated debut.
The front row was full of A-list celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Julianne Moore and Lily Collins, and the collection itself was somewhat surprising from Keller. The bohemian dresses that were the hallmark of her time at Chloé were nowhere in sight. In their place, Keller presented a Givenchy with a tailored, cinched silhouette, with a hint of the streetwise toughness that Tisci made a signature of the house. Trench coats, minidresses and blazers all had sharp, wide shoulders and narrow waists, though some of the day dresses had the same layered, breezy quality Keller's now known for.
Other elements running through the collection included black and white, floral and feather-like prints, gold lip-print patterns, stripes, lace and cowboy boots. The logomania that's been prevalent throughout the spring shows was also present at Givenchy, albeit in a subtler fashion: Several shirts were emblazoned with a vertical "Givenchy" in white down the sides. Much like her work at Chloé, there was an ease to much of the range, with oversize denim jackets, silk blouses, leather separates, sporty outerwear and T-shirts could likely become a commercial success.
See the full Spring 2018 collection from Givenchy in the gallery below.