Riccardo Tisci recently stepped down after 12 years at the helm as Givenchy’s creative director. He was responsible for creating the gothic-inspired, romantic and sexy designs made of lace and sequined textures and endless mesh overlays.
Clare Waight Keller, who was announced as his replacement in March, will debut her first collection for the brand in October.
If Keller’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she spent the past six years as Chloe’s creative director. Keller created the effortless gauze dresses and leather gladiator sandals that now define the French “It-Girl” brand.
She resigned from the Paris-based design house earlier this year in order to be closer to her family in London. “Working for this Maison has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” she told Fashionista. “Chloé is a brand with values close to my heart and I have truly enjoyed working with some of the best talents in the industry”.
Ironically, Keller’s new role calls for a return to Paris, where she will present a Spring/Summer 2018 collection on October 1.
What can we expect to see? Keller released a few teaser photos of the upcoming campaign last week. One photo features model Saffron Vadher sporting a mesh lace bodysuit and holding a cat. The other is of Elias Bouremah, who sports satin-looking black pants and holds a black cat.
Keller was inspired by a 1953 collection by founder Hubert de Givenchy, which featured prints of felines.
The photos are shot in black and white, and the models’ expressions give off an insouciant confidence. The photos were captured by Steven Meisel, a fashion photographer who has worked with British Vogue and Madonna.
The campaign exudes a sexy, yet edgy feel that stays true to Tisci’s Givenchy, which was favored by celebs like the Kardashians and Justin Theroux.
Keller is, however, bringing some changes to the brand. For the first time, Givenchy will show menswear and women’s wear in the same collection.
“To me, Givenchy is a world where women and men alike are strong, stoic and mysterious,” Keller said. “They own their power, and share it equally.”
Chloe president, Geoffroy De La Bourdonnaye, has no doubt that Keller will successfully accomplish her goal of equality through her design aesthetic. At Chloe, Keller’s strong suit was “effortlessly mixing graceful and feminine flou with a free-wheeling and boyish take on tailoring,” he said.