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Clare Waight Keller's Givenchy Couture Debut Nails How Women Want to Dress in 2018

The former Chloé designer's first couture outing was a modern, powerful tribute to her new house codes.
Looks from Givenchy's Haute Couture Spring 2018 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

Looks from Givenchy's Haute Couture Spring 2018 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

On Tuesday, former Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller presented her second Givenchy collection before showgoers — and it was couture, which one can only assume must be an enormously daunting task. As a long-standing member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Pret-a-Porter, Givenchy is no stranger to the expectations of haute couture, or the weight which can be placed on such collections. How would Waight Keller fare for her own couture debut while she also still identifies what, exactly, Givenchy looks like under her creative control?

Excellently, as it turns out! Givenchy's Spring 2018 haute couture collection, shown on Tuesday in Paris, began raking in rave reviews from seasoned front-row guests even as the runway show was still happening. Everyone, present company included, seemed to agree that this range was a terrific reflection of how women — not necessarily as consumers, but as people — want to dress in 2018. 

Power suiting and structured separates, a tenet of Hubert de Givenchy's designs, came into play quite heavily via expertly tailored tuxedo jackets worn atop delicate lacy gowns and wide-legged, satin trousers, already providing a foil to Hedi Slimane's slim silhouettes that have been a frequent topic of conversation this week. And where the sexy, gothic detailing installed by Riccardo Tisci remained, a new, über-modern aesthetic prevailed across the collection as a whole. Waight Keller also introduced men's made-to-measure with three looks — skinny pants styled with some variation of an embellished jacket or vest — that could very well fall into gender-neutral territory as the market evolves. 

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See Givenchy's full Spring 2018 Haute Couture collection in the gallery below.

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