Marie Claire Australia - 01.05.2018

(Ben Green) #1
With structured blazers and precise coats over
sinuous silky skirts and layers of rainbow tulle,
Clare Waight Keller made a confident and
ultimately cool haute couture debut. There
were no signs of Keller’s bohemian past
as a designer for Chloé, as the new
Givenchy woman emerged like a
clenched fist from a velvet glove.

Intricate embellishments in Art Deco
patterns were at the beating heart of Saab’s
saucy step back in time to the 1920s. Sheer
fabrics carefully crafted to cover more than
modesty were anchored by exaggerated
bows around the neck, suggesting that with
the gentlest of tugs all would be revealed.

Having taken us to the moon in 2017,
Karl Lagerfeld stayed closer to home,
creating a traditional French garden
inside the Grand Palais. Tiered chifon
gowns, crystal-encrusted bodices
and sheer, shimmering skirts took
centrestage as the Chanel woman
made herself known.

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