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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