Givenchy pays homage to ’90s New York with spring 2020 line

Givenchy has served up a tribute to 1990s New York with its spring/summer 2020 collection.Creative director Clare Waight Keller unveiled her latest line at the Garde Republicaine as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday night, with the spectacle drawing…

Givenchy has served up a tribute to 1990s New York with its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Creative director Clare Waight Keller unveiled her latest line at the Garde Republicaine as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday night, with the spectacle drawing in celebrities such as Maisie Williams, Maria Sharapova, Noomi Rapace, the Haim sisters, and Karen Elson.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, Waight Keller explained in her show notes that she was influenced by her time working at Calvin Klein in New York for the brand’s women’s ready-to-wear line in the early 1990s, as well as Allison Yarrow’s 2018 book 90s B**ch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality.

“The Givenchy collection for spring/summer 2020 encounters the crossroads where fractal symmetries drawn from the botanical world entwine with a tough urban energy,” a Givenchy spokesperson explained. “From the blossoms of old-world Paris to the raw denim spirit of New York City, summertime memories invoke liberated femininity with a poetic lightness of hand.”

The presentation opened with a model sporting a beige leather top with a pocket and a silk skirt, with a number of minimalist outfits following, such as an oversized grey blazer with matching shorts, a burnt orange shirt with matching tailored trousers, and a lilac dress.

Other ’90s touches were evident in a crisp white jacket matched with denim shorts, two-piece leather ensembles comprised of bandeau tops and pencil skirts, and two-tone denim dresses.

Partway through the show, Waight Keller also dropped in a boho-chic element, with models parading the catwalk in floral print dresses with voluminous sleeves as well as evening gowns covered in floral appliques.

To conclude, the designer unveiled a line-up of black outfits, including a black leather dress and strapless gown with satin bodice and crystal-studded skirt.

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January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reunite for Rodarte lookbook

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and…

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.

The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy to appear in the spring/summer 2020 campaign for their fashion label.

Posing in front of a painted landscape background, one portrait shows January and Kiernan standing side-by-side while sporting strapless silk floral gowns and with white pearls dotted throughout their hair, while another sees them posing in dramatic ballgowns.

Taking to Instagram to upload the images, January wrote alongside one of the snaps, “Casual family portraits are so back in.”

And the photographs caught the attention of the pair’s former Mad Men co-stars, with Christina Hendricks, who played Joan Holloway, noting, “When was this?!! So dreeeeeeemy (sic),” and Alison Brie, who portrayed Trudy Campbell, posting, “HOLY. S**T.”

However, January and Kiernan aren’t the only celebrities to appear in Rodarte’s latest imagery, with actresses Kirsten Dunst, Margaret Qualley, Gabrielle Union, Lili Reinhart, Helena Howard, Rowan Blanchard, and Yalitza Aparicio, as well as Haim musicians Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, rapper Kilo Kish, and singer-songwriter King Princess also featuring.

The photoshoot was helmed by photographer Daria Kobayashi Ritch and styled by Shirley Kurata and Ashley Furnival. Regarding the decision to unveil portraits rather than a runway presentation, Laura told Vogue that they wanted to merge their interests in fashion and art.

“As we’ve become more confident and comfortable in our design voice and really seeing what our personality is within the design world, it’s been really nice to think artistically about creating a world behind each collection,” she shared.

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Dior collaborates with African artists for cruise 2020 line

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Ap…

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.

The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Apr19), with celebrities in attendance including Karlie Kloss, Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Alba, Shailene Woodley, and the Haim sisters.

Entitled Common Ground, the show was influenced by an excerpt from philosopher Naomi Zack’s 2005 book, Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality, and celebrated a “common ground for women and culture across territories”.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri has always had her heart set on establishing creative exchanges with African cultures,” a Dior representative said in a statement. “With this collection, she sought to dialogue with the real and imagined landscape of Morocco, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, as a dream destination for artists, poets, writers and eternal adventurers.”

Accordingly, Chiuri consulted with French anthropologist Anne Grosfilley on African wax fabrics and the techniques that make the intricate patterns, while the Italian designer also worked with Moroccan craftswomen on the set design, which included bonfires and pools filled with floating candles.

Famed South African shirtmaker Pathe Oueedraogo, aka Pathe’O, made a shirt which paid homage to late President Nelson Mandela, and milliner Stephen Jones teamed with Daniella Osemadewa and Martine Henry on pan-African headpieces and turbans.

In addition, British-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner and African-American artist Mickalene Thomas offered up their interpretations of Dior’s classic Bar Jacket and New Look skirt. Other highlights of the collection included off-the-shoulder patterned dresses and leather belts with the Dior logo on the front, while the presentation concluded with a line-up of red carpet-ready gowns, including a black number with a sweetheart neckline and fringed hemline.

The show marked the first time Dior has shown in the North African nation in spite of the fashion house’s long-held ties to Morocco, with former couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who helmed the label in the ‘50s, considering the country his second home. In 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened in Marrakech.

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