After a recent trip to Japan, artistic director Clare Waight Keller mixed men’s tailoring with a notable blast to the past. Following in the footsteps of Hubert de Givenchy (who had a long-lasting passion for Japanese culture) Keller extracted elements from the archives and from her inspirational voyage.

Layering played a significant role, with attention to crisp jagged lines, shoulder pads and cinched waists as ruffles protruded softly against masculine backdrops. A heavy Eighties influence was apparent with saturated hues, cowl necks, complete with V-shaped paneling on a zip-up jacket and a new pump design. Lustrous singles were tinged in evergreen and Prussian blue while triangular shapes were evident. Yin-yang opposing hues and elements were also to be noted: a large white stripe running diagonally on a floral print dress, and a contrasting black and white dress with mismatched slouchy boots. Pleated gowns varied in colour and metallic gradient while a glassy black floor-length wrapped with a judo inspired belt recalled the utmost glamour of the Maison.

The collection demonstrated Clare Waight Keller’s astonishing vision which conquered transitioning occasion wear from day to night with a delightful injection of glamours gowns which will surely be seen on the red carpet. 

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