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Givenchy Spring 2019 Couture

A bleached canvas, beholden to neither archives nor obligatory homage. That’s how Clare Waight Keller approached her spring couture collection for Givenchy. “[It’s] about really starting fresh,” she said after her show on Tuesday night. “Really cleaning the house. I wanted to start with nothing, and then put incredible color in it, incredible techniques, all about silhouette, architecture, structure and just beauty.”
The result was bold and often beautiful, if at times confounding. Bold because Waight Keller has a thought in her head beyond flou-flaunting red-carpet fare: Hers is a tougher take on couture, not only for day but for evening as well. Despite her “bleached canvas” assertion, the notion isn’t baby-out-with-bathwater brand new, but one she started to explore a year ago in her first couture collection. It’s based on co-mingling sharp, architectural lines with softness and light, the former dominating the message. (She took the same approach to a smattering of smart, interesting men’s looks.)
Essential to Waight Keller’s vision: the reimagined smoking, sometimes baring a good deal of skin, and molded, structured corsetry. At times, Waight Keller struck a fetishistic note — Latex will do that. Though hardly indigenous to haute, she called it “my couture leather… the most

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