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.
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 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.
Photo Courtesy of Givenchy
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.
Photo courtesy of @givenchyofficial
Givenchy will release the Givenchy Gypsophila Les Saisons summer 2017 makeup collection worldwide at Sephora, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus during April. The inspiration for this makeup collection is a particular type of carnation, the Gypsophila flower, also known as baby’s breath. These pretty little flowers make an appearance in most bouquets of flowers and other floral decoration including accessories like the flower crown.
The incorporation of several shades that these flowers naturally come in was a nice touch that unified Givenchy’s summer 2017 makeup collection overall, making it more interesting and cohesive as well as surprising at times (you will see this in the mascara options). They are beautiful little flowers that inspired a stunning makeup collection. Let’s take a look at what is included in this cleverly put together, limited edition makeup collection.
Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder Floral Impression (Limited Edition)
Coming in 02 Douce Saison, this is a beautifully pressed face powder that upon opening the compact, is revealed to have design of the signature flower of the collection pressed into the powder. The packaging is simple but beautiful, however, even though the aesthetic in the packaging is beautiful, it is the effect of the powder that is really impressive.
The powder in the compact is simply brushed on for a healthy looking complexion and a natural looking glow that we all in truth really want to have. This would be the perfect middle option between a soft bronzer and a highlighting veil.
Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Waterproof (Limited Edition)
Some options in makeup are just amazing, like daily cosplay if you know how to incorporate it and this vibrantly bright shade of blue named 02 Blue Gypsophila is one of those makeup options. The mascara is done in Givenchy’s signature formula and uses the fashion house’s three-ball mascara brush for even distribution and treatment of your lashes with the mascara.
The mascara itself in any shade is designed for dramatic enhancement of your lashes in a waterproof formula. Givenchy certainly feels that this is a winner, and the packaging of the mascara tube itself, is incredibly chic.
Givenchy Encre A Cils Mascara Top Coat (Limited Edition)
This mascara top coat is buildable to allow you to choose the intensity of the color deposit around your eyes. The best part is that you do not end up with monstrous ‘spider lashes’ that are full of clumps, just stunning, color to frame your eyes in whatever level of intensity you choose to put on.
It is also worth mentioning that the packaging for the mascara top coat is also completely amazing. Emerald green named 03 Green Gypsophila is the color included in the Givenchy Gypsophila Les Saisons summer 2017 makeup collection.
Givenchy Le Rouge (Limited Edition)
The soft blue leather and silver looking lipstick case houses one of the most interesting coral colors being offered. Coral is very much a trend in lip color currently and the 322 Coral Gypsophila shade is a distinctly orange tinted coral shade.
If this is the shade you wish to try, then a bold look that could be either subtle or show-stopping is in your future, and thanks to the formulation you can do so with a comfortable length of wear and a moisturizing element.
Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter (Limited Edition)
Rounding out the collection is the Le Rouge-a-porter in 305 Red Gypsophila and I love the commitment to the theme of these flowers. This is meant to be the perfect blend of a lip balm and lipstick and designed to provide a comfortable application that lasts the whole day.
The case, also beautifully designed to look like leather and silver, is designed like all of the packaging by Givenchy to have the appearance of a fashionable accessory, while still maintaining a pragmatic feel in hand. The color deposit is fair and even, while the lip balm that is mixed into the formula protects your lips and offers a healthy amount of moisture to them all day long.
The color is buildable, though not excessively so and light to wear. Though this shade is being added to the existing collection of Givenchy’s Le Rouge-a-porter, it is a limited time option.
Photos courtesy of Givenchy
Ingenuity abounds in the Givenchy camp in the wake of Riccardo Tisci’s exit. The Givenchy fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection showed Paris Fashion Week the best of a collection done in a vibrant incredible shade of red.
This collection was created and shown during the space between the exit of creative director Riccardo Tisci and the announcement and installment of the successor to the role. Tisci has been designing for Givenchy since 2005 and made a big name for himself even under the fashion house with his inventive and beautiful designs. So what does Givenchy do?
The studio team compiled these 27 looks and created with the past decade of designs by Tisci a great interim capsule collection that not only works, but also is incredibly compelling and seems very suitable for the circumstance. This ‘greatest designs’ collection is well rounded, considering that everything from the top to bottom is addressed, clothes, bags, shoes and jewelry included.
The pieces range from daywear to eveningwear, party options and touches of interesting details. A favorite is the red (of course) tailored wide-legged pants with the sheer lace shirt beneath the inventively tailored long trench coat with a matching red leather handbag. The neck detail indicated that the ensemble was from 2016. From the fall/winter 2012 collection the ultra chic tailored coat is a stunning option as well, incredible looking, here paired with red leather gloves, pants and a set of red boots.
The Givenchy fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection showed off 27 incredible looks from the past years of Riccardo Tisci’s influence as the creative director for Givenchy. The looks are amazing obviously, as Givenchy really did continue to flourish amazingly once Riccardo Tisci hit his stride. Most of the creative directors in fashion are lucky to see five years let alone the stretch of Tisci’s reign. All in all, Givenchy is better for having him and the thought process behind this idea was brilliant.
Every look has a date shown somewhere so it can be identified, every look worked amazingly in this unexpected shade of red. There will be no lack of appreciation for Givenchy after this and the collection is certainly enough to tide us all over until the new creative director is announced and settled in.
The studio team really does deserve a round of applause for the amount of quick-witted cleverness they employed in the space they had to fill. The team is solid, smart and creative and a great asset to Givenchy as they have proved.
It will be interesting to see how the appreciation for this all-red collection will be perceived and utilized in the upcoming season. The incredible outerwear and accessories were the versatile options in a bold color that many of us have always wanted.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
After months of speculations, it has been finally confirmed! Riccardo Tisci is leaving Givenchy after a grand total of 12 terrific years as the French house’s creative director.
The Italian designer’s departure from Givenchy comes also after weeks of speculations regarding Tisci’s possible appointment as Versace’s brand-new creative director, as neither Tisci, nor Donatella Versace have concealed their mutual admiration for each other.
Speculations aside, Riccardo Tisci’s possible departure from Givenchy became instantly more palpable as soon as sources reached out WWD, the journalist of which broke the news revealing Versace had actually started chasing Riccardo Tisci back on January 19th.
Riccardo Tisci’s departure was then officially announced yesterday by Givenchy, the press released of which also stated that Tisci’s fall 2017 men’s wear and spring 2017 haute couture shows were his last lineups under the helm of the French mansion. If Tisci’s decision to step down from his position as Givenchy’s creative director could be regarded as unsurprising per se, the fact that those were his very last collections is kind of unexpected.
As we have seen with the many exits that broke the industry within the past twelve months, the fashion houses usually let the departing designers at least showcase one last collection, whether it is for the haute couture/ready-to-wear, men’s or women’s wear lines. According to WWD, which described the parting as “mutual and amicable’, the upcoming Givenchy fall/winter 2017-18 collection will be designed by Givenchy’s in-house studio teams and then will be sold to retailers in Paris as usual.
“The chapter Riccardo Tisci has written with the house of Givenchy over the last 12 years represents an incredible vision to sustain its continuous success, and I would like to warmly thank him for his core contribution to the house’s development,” Givenchy’s chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault explained.
Riccardo Tisci also took the time to explain his point of view regarding the issue, confirming that the “break-up’ between the designer and the house was not a tough one. “I have very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams. I want to thank the LVMH Group and Monsieur Bernard Arnault for giving me the platform to express my creativity over the years. I now wish to focus on my personal interests and passions,’ he declared.
Will Tisci take the helm of Versace’s creative direction? Will he take a time off to concentrate on different projects? While we are waiting for the answer, let’s see who is still available for a position as Givenchy’s creative director.
Among the many designers who stepped down from their roles within the past months, Hedi Slimane, Peter Dundas, Peter Copping, Alber Elbaz, Clare Waight Keller, and Rodolfo Paglialunga are still left without a fashion house to design for, and all seem to be under Givenchy’s radar. Whoever comes next, he or she will surely have big shoes to fill in, as Riccardo Tisci left one big, stable and acclaimed mark on Givenchy’s history that won’t go forgotten for sure.
Photo courtesy of @riccardotisci17
Like Moschino’s show unveiled a few days ago, Givenchy‘s take on the couture season slightly veered toward politics as well, with creative director Riccardo Tisci trying to focus on positivity for his Givenchy Couture spring/summer 2017 collection.
Tisci’s Givenchy men’s wear fall 2017 and Couture spring 2017 runway show was, in fact, unveiled in Paris on the exact same inauguration day of the (now) 45th president of the US, inevitably infusing the show with mixed feelings of concern for the future and anticipation for the actual collections.
Tisci, who started his Givenchy show paying homage to Franca Sozzani with a minute of silence, decided, however, to concentrate all of his visions on fashion on a surprisingly positive note, the motifs of which come after 9 long years of pure darkness and (already signature) Gothic inspirations. “For nine years as a designer, I did darkness. I’ve just come out of that,’ he almost solemnly declared backstage.
Tisci’s new positive perspectives on life set him on a journey to the USA, the wild, wild West-inspired scenarios of which particularly helped him find sources of inspiration for both his men’s wear fall 2017 and Couture spring 2017 collections. Although it is with the men’s wear collection that we see how deeply involved with the American theme he was, the Givenchy Couture spring 2017 lineup was equally, yet more glamorously inspired by some of America’s most iconic motifs, both those that remind us of the Hollywood divas and those that go back in time revisiting his own aesthetics.
“I try to be positive, to see things positively for the future,’ Tisci told WWD, explaining that instead of filtering the future of the USA through a fearful lens, he looked at the whole situation “through the eyes of a child. [‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ] I did it my own way: graphic and pop and much more ironic and fun, which is what I see a future for ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü things that are more positive and more light,’
In doing so, he also inevitably reaffirmed his deeply conceptual visions on fashion, namely those of a creative director that sees garments, as well as the models (and then the customers) who are wearing them as multi-dimensional personas that flamboyantly open up to the world that surrounds them with their artistic, philosophical and inspirational accents.
For these reasons, he also tapped habitué muses Mariacarla Boscono, Lea T, Liya Kebede, Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Vittoria Ceretti, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Blanca Padilla, Angelica Erthal, and Elizabeth Salt as the Givenchy Couture spring 2017 show’s models, capturing a sense of reassuring continuity that already is one of Givenchy’s most acclaimed patterns.
As for Tisci’s take on the couture season, the designer either focused on nostalgic Vichy patterns, frilled detailing on pilgrim collars as well as hems, or on more Twenties and Thirties-inspired designs, such as sensually sheer fabrics and feathered appliqués. He did not, however, forget to add a few of his notorious gothic patterns here and there (of course here revisited through an appealing modern lens of the famous Grant Wood’s painting “American Gothic’), thus delivering three different perspectives on the contemporary woman.
While on the one hand we have the woman that likes to dare with sensually revisited prairie dresses, on the other we have the one that is currently looking for “Roaring’ proposals to surprise us with. In between these stereotypes, albeit of no less importance, there is woman who is hopelessly in love with Riccardo Tisci’s signature gothic aesthetics, and always looks forward to his collections to add one of his pieces to her wardrobe.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
The pre-fall 2017 season keeps on treating us to exciting trends and must-haves that we cannot wait to put hands on thanks to Riccardo Tisci as well, whose Givenchy pre-fall 2017 collection is one of the coolest (and chilliest) around.
Tisci’s take on the pre-fall 2017 season is, in fact, a quietly street-style inspired one, as he managed to mix his notorious street wear references with a sense of softness and balance that we yet had to see. To better inject such harmonious quietness into each one of his staples, he immersed himself into the Nordic lifestyle, drawing inspiration both from its architectures and life philosophy.
Like many of us throughout the past 12 months, Riccardo Tisci also felt completely overwhelmed with a sense of completeness after embracing the concept of hygge, namely one of the many reasons behind Denmark’s heart-warming citizens’ happiness.
Hygge, which by author Meik Wiking has been described as “everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things’, got translated by Tisci into fashion through a post-modern kind of collection, the staples of which will make you feel cozy and in peace with the world (Wiking’s best-selling book about hygge, “The Little Book of Hygge ” The Danish Way to Live Well’ has been published by Penguin).
To further recall the Danish way of living, Italian designer Tisci headed to Copenhagen to shoot the campaign, using both VEGA’s concert hall and Hotel Astoria’s structures as the setting for his Givenchy pre-fall 2017 collection’s lookbook. Devised by Danish modern architect Vilhelm Lauritzen, VEGA’s structure helps each of the staples highlight its post-modernistic allure, while Hotel Astoria refines the lookbook with a more suburban-chic allure.
As for the common silhouettes, lines and cuts, Tisci’s hygge-approved collection comes filled with flared figures, relaxed lines and cropped cuts, the dynamicity of which exudes not only comfort but also a flowy synergy that infuses the streets with a jocose flirty effect.
With flared figures being the collection’s conceptual focus (especially when it comes to pants and sleeves), what we get is Riccardo Tisci’s old hand at constantly toying with proportions, the outcomes of which have something suitable for those who love more conventionally street wear-inspired attire options, too.
Among the fluffy coats, bell-bottom pants and lingerie-inspired tops, the Givenchy pre-fall 2017 collection also includes edgy sweatshirts, overalls and tracksuit pants, which exude Givenchy’s standard elegance anyways.
Last but not least, one of this collection’s most appealing things comes from Tisci’s flamboyant choice of colors, which includes everything from bright yellows to pastel colors (long live bubblegum pink!) and even dark-toned greens, browns and black that all in all balance the entire line-up with something for everyday (and every taste).
Photos courtesy of Vogue