Runway Report: Givenchy SS18

Yesterday saw the emergence of Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy’s new creative genius. Taking over from a 12-year reign led by Riccardo Tisci, Keller went back to basics for her first debut. Scouring the Givenchy archives she landed on the original aesthetic – the powerful shoulder and prints. Fast forward to a Sunday in Paris, and the SS18 range highlighted a clover print from 1961 and some animal graphics from 1981. Using this as a focal point, Keller injected eau de nil, navy and tomato onto a backdrop of strong blacks and whites.

Under the awnings and mid-century architecture of the Palais de Justice, a sea of wearable, structured and stunningly fresh pieces, flew down the catwalk. The animal print from season’s past was reworked into a navy and red combination and placed atop a pleated sleeved button down shirt, paired with an irregular hem skirt in navy. The clover print made its debut in the form of a black and greyish white print with multiple sized clovers. The skirt portion of the dress manifested a larger print, while a ditsy approach was used for a 3D ruffle down the middle of the dress.

Clare Waight Keller got approval from Hubert de Givenchy himself before presenting her first collection, and as far as our approval goes – YES, bravo Clare!

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji