Today the fashion world mourns the loss of another giant. Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the founder of the luxury fashion house Givenchy, died at 91. Everyone’s favorite French designer and genius passed away on Saturday, the family announced. Hubert established the high-end brand back in 1952 and worked his way to the top. His immense talent, discipline, and creativity made him one of the most popular designer names in the history.
Givenchy revolutionized the luxury fashion in many ways. He is the first-ever designer to launch a high-end ready-to-wear collection. Hubert debuted his first couture line in 1952 right after founding his fashion house. It was only two years later when the designer introduced the RTW concept. During his career of fifty years, Hubert got to dress an array of iconic women including Jacqueline Kennedy, Jane Fonda, Princess Grace of Monaco and many more. He sold his brand to LVMH in 1988 but kept the position of creative director until 1995.
Hubert was succeeded by a number of up-and-coming designers after his retirement. Alexander McQueen, Ricardo Tisci, and John Galliano are just a part of the popular names that designed for Givenchy over the years. Tisci kept the position from 2005 to 2017 and brought back the old recognizable shine to the French fashion house. Last year Clare Waight Keller made her debut as a creative director of Givenchy.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy. Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern-day dressing, but he also was one of the nicest most charming men I have ever met. The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever.”- Clare Waight Keller expressed her sadness.
The iconic designer was a part of the industry for over fifty years, and in that period of time, he brought an array of fresh changes that will always be remembered. Best known for his friendship with Audrey Hepburn, Hubert’s work is the definition of Parisian chic and elegance. Audrey was his long-time muse and source of inspiration. The two collaborated for over four decades, both on her personal style and her film outfits.
Thanks to his genius mind, we all learned that even classy designs can look fun and sophisticated. Hubert de Givenchy might not be among us anymore, but his work and influence will stay eternal.
Ever since late October 2017 when Christopher Bailey announced his departure from Burberry speculations started circulating. Céline’s Phoebe Philo and Louis Vuitton’s menswear designer Kim Jones were the names most talked about that will replace Bailey. Earlier last year Riccardo Tisci stepped down from Givenchy after 12 years at the helm. Anyway, rumors were that he is about to take a top position at Versace. In an unexpected turn of events, the Italian-born designer will be joining Burberry as a chief creative officer.
The British fashion house got a distinctive identity thanks to the star designer Christopher Bailey. From heritage brand mostly known for its trench coats, Bailey transformed Burberry into a leading ready-to-wear brand. In similar situation was Givenchy when Riccardo Tisci, not very known at that time joined the brand. He managed to turn the fashion house into Beyonce’s go-to brand and one of the celebrity favorites. In fact, no one ever expected that Bailey will step down from Burberry after 17 years and Tisci will leave Givenchy after 12 years of highly-successful work.
The news that Tisci will take over Burberry was even more surprising considering the designer’s experience in couture and red carpet dressing. One of the things that connect Riccardo Tisci with Burberry is his ability to superbly mix streetwear with high fashion. With Burberry’s aspirations to belong “firmly in luxury,” Tisci seems like a natural choice. Another thing that made this unexpected partnership happen is Burberry’s chief executive Marco Gobetti who joined the company on July 5, 2017, after Bailey stepped down from that role. Gobetti has previously worked at Givenchy, from 2004 to 2008 and was the one who hired Riccardo Tisci in the first place. Tisci rose the brand to new heights and the same is expected to happen with his arrival at Burberry.
Christopher Bailey is about to leave Burberry on March, 31. Just a few weeks earlier Riccardo Tisci will get started, on March 12. The designer will show his very first collection for the brand in September 2018. Burberry follows the see-now-buy-now concept which means Tisci’s first project will be the brand’s Fall 2018 lineup. Both designers have very different design aesthetic: Bailey has always been a celebrator of Burberry’s heritage, while Tisci has a darker, more seductive and hedonistic approach to design. It’s almost impossible to decode Tisci’s idea for Burberry at this point. All we can do is hang tight until September and see what the Italian designer has up his sleeve.
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We are off to another exciting fashion event. Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2018 kicked off on Monday, January 22. As expected, the world’s best couturiers are bringing their work to the City of Lights for the fashion-forward audience. Here they will present creations that took thousands of hours to be made, handcrafted from start to finish, by using only high-end materials. Behind each creation, there is a sewer that spent a lot of time working on every single detail from the look. And the price tag explains all the attention and the value of these couture pieces.
Dior’s magnificent show was a highlight of the first day. Maria Grazia Chiuri doesn’t give up on sending powerful messages through her designs. She focused on two colors, black and white. Maria still managed to keep things interesting, in spite of the limited range of shades. Giambattista Valli, Ralph & Russo, Proenza Schouler, and Schiaparelli are the other luxury brands that showed on day 1, whose couture collections deserve all your attention.
When you first think of haute couture fashion, there is one brand that always stands out. The almighty Karl Lagerfeld and his glorious work for Chanel are the ones that lead the game in the world of couture. After so many years in the business, bonded to the same luxury house, Lagerfeld doesn’t cease to amaze. Each of his shows is another remarkable experience, both visual and emotional.
Chanel presented its Spring/Summer 2018 Couture collection today, during day two of PHCFW. In an unexpected turn of events, Karl decided to keep things simpler than before. For the previous presentations, the legend built a small Eifel Tower inside the venue and transformed Grand Palais into a giant waterfall. This time he let the clothes do all the talking. The recognizable high-end tweed and impressive detailing were still there but done in a way that celebrates Chanel’s heritage.
Just like many times before, this Fashion Week is a magnet for celebrities that fly out to Paris just to see the outstanding creations from the front rows. Sofia Coppola, Rita Ora, Bella Hadid, and Monica Bellucci are just a part of the influencers who already showed up to cheer for their favorite designers.
Clare Waight Keller just debuted her couture collection for Givenchy today. Among the other collections that you’ll most certainly find mesmerizing from day 2 are the ones of Alexandre Vauthier and Giorgio Armani Prive. For tomorrow you can get excited about the presentations of Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, who excel in haute couture. Day 4 is reserved for Xuan, Christophe Josse, Ronald van der Kemp and more. That is the last day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2018. So hang tight for another few days of exquisite fashion in the form of art.
Clare Waight Keller has worked hard to win the hearts of the loyal Givenchy fans. Only months away we could barely imagine Givenchy without Riccardo Tisci, but now we all have our hopes high for the first female creative director of Givenchy. The opulence served by Waight Keller marked her debut for Givenchy in early October during Paris Fashion Week. The show took place at the vast Palais de Justice with many A-list faces in the front rows.
For pre-fall 2018 Clare Waight Keller took things in another direction. Instead of an imposing venue, the designer chose a private home in Kent, located in the south of London to present the latest offerings for Givenchy. Waight Keller wanted to present the pieces in a domestic atmosphere that feels warm and personal. Personal also to Clare Waight Keller.
“There’s something about a domestic environment that feels relevant to me right now; it feels connected to the way we actually live and where we see ourselves,” the designer told Vogue.
Her debut for Givenchy in Paris was all about confident cuts and silhouettes. But for Pre-Fall 2018 Clare introduced relaxed maxi dresses, pleated skirts, cozy sweaters and warm outwear. The collection is a mix of modern and vintage styles that blend seamlessly together.
The most important thing: there is something for everybody. Waight Keller goes beyond fashion – she knows business as well. The graphic sweaters, for example, are something that will win the young fashion crowd. The belted maxi dresses and pleated skirts that radiate the style of the past decades will find their way to the wardrobes of the ladies who nurture vintage style. The pleated skirts are paired with oversized sweaters, a combo that never goes out of style. Plus every generation of women loves it. Givenchy also offered confident suits with delicate prints for busy people as well as elegant gowns for every cocktail party on the schedule. So, the Pre-Fall 2018 collection is here to make Givenchy your one-stop shopping destination.
The collection carried an energetic vibe thanks to the color-blocking elements and vibrant prints. The pre-fall pieces are designed to make a statement with nothing but little effort. Clare Waight Keller announced that the check print will stay on the fashion radar in 2018. There were several check pieces in the collection that will keep this trend alive next year. Clare Waight Keller took Givenchy in a promising direction. We are already looking forward to seeing the Givenchy’s runway show during the Fall fashion month.
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In one of the most anticipated debuts of this season, Claire Waight Keller showed a different side of her vision for Givenchy. The Palais de Justice was filled with influencers and photographers, waiting for the begging of the event. And when everyone expected a first show, filled with new trends and moments to talk about, Claire did the opposite. There were little black dresses, big shoulders, a little bit of leather and several prints.
Claire was the creative director of Chloé for five years before she decided to make a new move in her career this May. She became the new creative director of Givenchy. Waight Keller spent most of her summer going through the archives of Hubert de Givenchy. She wanted her debut to represent the roots of the fashion house as well as implement her signature style.
Waight Keller mostly based her designs on three colors: white, black and navy. Everyone has the perception that Givenchy wasn’t a big fan of vivid colors and prints. That is where Claire steps in, and includes vibrant prints, to show the playful side of his work in the past. There were zebra print and stripes. She based the collection on two epic designs from Givenchy’s past: a clover from 1961 and animal prints from 1981. Red, blue and white were used to add life to the collection.
“In a super chic way, there was the tiger, the zebra, the leopard. It’s not a territory that’s that known but you look through the archive and there’s tons of it. You think about the little black dress, but I talked to him about color because I wanted to be quite graphic with what I was doing here. Things you wouldn’t think of when you think of him. But there is a playfulness in what he did.”- Claire said.
There weren’t any traces of Chloé’s bohemian style. It was all serious and perfectly tailored, with only a few playful frills on dresses. Claire included pleated segments in the monochrome skirts and dresses. She honored the father of the little black dress by introducing several different styles of the iconic design.
She named the collection “Transformation Seduction”, because of her initial efforts to transform the French fashion house. The sheer dresses, intricate lace, and pleated details were in favor of the seduction part of the collection.
Lily Collings, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Pedro Almodovar, Rooney Mara followed the amazing show from the first row. All of them cheered for the first lady in charge of Givenchy and her beautiful debut collection. We can’t wait to see what else Claire has up her sleeve for the upcoming seasons.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is well known for its controversial themes throughout the years. Anyway, considering the fact that we live in politically and religiously challenging times the 2018 theme might be the most controversial yet.
According to many sources, Fashion and Religion will be the 2018 Met Gala theme. Few of the sources claimed that they have access to exclusive information from the preliminary discussions. Until now the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute refused to give any official information. Considering the fact that there is plenty of time until the next Met Gala, the planning of the exhibition is still at its beginning.
The religious motifs aren’t something new in the fashion industry. Renewed designers such as John Galliano, Riccardo Tisci, and Jean Paul Gaultier have included religious symbols in some of their previous collections. John Galliano’s 2007 Couture Collection named The Virgins with the Serpents was all about the religion. The star of the campaign was Kylie Minogue who wore some of Galliano’s spring 2017 couture designs with religious elements. John Galliano also designed papal vestments for Dior Fall 2000 Haute Couture runway show. The fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has been inspired by the religion many times throughout the years. Their Fall 2013 Ready-to-wear Collection was strongly influenced by motifs from the Bible. The former creative director of Givenchy Riccardo Tisci is also known for his religious iconography obsession. Moreover, Christopher Kane fiercely mixed punk with religious motifs for his spring 2017 Ready-to-wear collection.
Considering the fact that the greatest designers of all times often incorporate religious motifs in their designs, the newest Met Gala theme shouldn’t surprise us. Besides designers, many celebrities have included elements of religion in their live performances, music videos, and personal style. The greatest pop star of all times Madonna, as well as the mega popular Lady Gaga, are just a few of the celebrities who celebrated the religion through their style and performances.
The Met Gala 2018 is scheduled as always on the first Monday in May. On Monday 7th May 2018 we should all expect to see the most controversial religion-themed Met Gala Exhibition ever. The Met Gala always has the biggest celebrities on its red carpet wearing the most extreme designs and the next year’s event won’t be an exception. This year’s exhibition was all about the avant garde fashion and was dedicated to the designer Rei Kawakubo and her label Comme des Garçons. The 2017 Met Gala “The Art of the In-Between” exhibition is about to close on September 4.
The fashion house Givenchy showed their first Resort 2018 Collection since the departure of Riccardo Tisci and the announcement of Clare Waight Keller as artistic director. Clare had only a few weeks to get used to her new role while the Givenchy design team was working hard on the latest collection.
Besides the new artistic director Givenchy recently opened a flagship on the Via del Babuino in the Italian Capital, which connects the popular Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo. The decision to show their Resort 2018 Collection in Rome was expected. The haute couture fashion house chose the Museum of Roman Civilization to present their men’s and women’s latest designs.
The entire collection featured structured monochromatic designs predominantly colored in white, fuchsia and royal blue. The marble colonnade of the Museum perfectly complimented the all-white classic tailored creations. Judging by the designs it’s safe to say that the sheer trend that has been popular lately has no intention to disappear anytime soon.
The monochromatic designs painted in the hot fuchsia hue were the highlight of the collection. The fuchsia color in the Resort 2018 Collection was reserved for the directional designs. Givenchy gave us million ways to wear the season’s hottest color.
From wide-leg trousers and top coordinates to chic midi dresses and a mesmerizing gown, there is literally everything you could imagine in this hot pink color. Givenchy decided to give a chance to the men to rock this color as well. The camo-inspired fuchsia pattern shirt was a clear sign that the camo print is making its huge comeback.
Speaking of hot colors, the royal blue was also a star of the show. Opposite of the formal fuchsia-hued designs the royal blue represented the urban component of the collection.
There were many cool laid-back designs with a strong street style vibe. Fabrics varied from light sheer organza and technical fabrics to thick workwear fabrics.
The all-black outfits were exclusively made for the men. Givenchy added androgynous elements in some of the designs. The classic black formal trousers were enriched with a skirt attached to them.
The Resort 2018 Collection was a powerful transitional collection made to ensure the brand’s continuity. The collection is versatile in every possible way and is a great starting point for Waight Keller to form her vision for the brand.
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Givenchy has a new woman in town – Clare Waight Keller was finally announced as its new artistic director. There have been rumors floating around the fashion industry over the last few months that Waight Keller would be joining the Givenchy team, so now it’s great to finally see that they were proven true.
At Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller will be in charge of the creative duties pertaining to the brand’s womenswear and menswear ready-to-wear collections, accessories, and haute couture.
Phillippe Fortunato, Givenchy’s CEO released a statement in which he announced Waight Keller and gave her a warm welcome into the brand’s “family” on behalf of the whole team.
“I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy,” Fortunato said. “By exploring out mason’s 65-year heritage and the outstanding savoir faire of its ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”
The position opened up after former-artistic-director Riccardo Tisci left the label after he showed his fall 2017 menswear and spring 2017 haute couture combination runway show. It has been speculated that he left for Versace, but there has been no official appointment since his Givenchy departure. Those associated with the LVMH Group-owned Givenchy are happy to see who has taken over the position.
“I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path,” said LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault during the same statement.
Waight Keller used to be the creative director for Chloé, and now is moving on to be the first female leader within Givenchy. There have been many great men to run the show – John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, just to name two – so this changeup will certainly bring a new age for the fashion house.
She has a much more bohemian, sporty aesthetic, whereas Tisci’s was all about being racy and provocative. Waight Keller proved her design sensibilities to be high fashion during her time with Chloé, where her six-year tenure showed a growing and bursting social media presence, great turnouts for her runway shows, and a series of fabulous handbags that hit the markets running.
“Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary house’s history,” Waight Keller said. “I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”
Waight Keller will officially begin her new position on May 2, 2017, and her first Givenchy collection will be shown in October for Paris Fashion Week’s spring 2018 schedule.
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