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April 15, 2020

Clare Waight Keller’s Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller's Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy - Rosamund Pike In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘A Private War’ London Film Festival Premiere

Back in early 2000s I used to work at Pringle of Scotland when Clare Waight Keller was the creative director, so I have followed her journey from the office she used to design the collections from in Sloane Street, London, to Paris for Chloe and Givenchy.

I was shocked to learn that the Clare – the first woman to be the Artistic Director of this legendary Givenchy Maison –  was stepping back from her position as artistic director.

Mostly because she made me fall in love with Givenchy again.  I did like Givenchy under Riccardo Tisci, but I love how Clare brought the elegance back to the fashion house.

Her occasional ode to Hubert de Givenchy archives received rapturous applause.

Rosamund Pike, Julianne Moore and Rooney Mara proved to be the perfect brand ambassadors.   I just wish Angelina Jolie had worn more of the brand.

So with Clare’s gracious exit, here is a look back at my favourite red carpet looks from Clare’s reign at Givenchy, which started back in October 2017, when she presented her first Spring 2018 collection.

Rosamund Pike In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘A Private War’ London Film Festival Premiere

I often like to do these list in date order, but I wanted to start with my favourite Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy Haute Couture look, and that was presented by Rosamund Pike.  The class, elegance, sex appeal and modernity still give me goosebumps two years on.

If ‘The Matrix 4’ was casting a female lead. Rosamund would get the part in this outfit

Clare Waight Keller's Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy - Rosie Huntington Whiteley In Givenchy Haute Couture – The Fashion Awards 2018

Rosie Huntington Whiteley In Givenchy Haute Couture – The Fashion Awards 2018

Speaking of goosebumps.  Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s  Haute Couture moment at The Fashion Awards 2018 runs a close second.  

Yep.  It’s another cape. But they always bring so much drama to a red carpet look.

Clare Waight Keller's Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy - Cate Blanchett In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘Blackkklansman’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

Cate Blanchett In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘Blackkklansman’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

There are a lot of Cate Blanchett in Givenchy moments I could’ve listed. 

The 2018 British Academy Britannia Awards is one of them, but the ‘Blackkklansman’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere was my ultimate favourite, as the Australian actress looked so statuesque in her proud moment of being jury president, and Queen of Cannes Film Festival 2018.

Clare Waight Keller's Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy - Rachel Weisz In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2019 Oscars

Rachel Weisz In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2019 Oscars

As we all know Rachel Weisz’s style is pretty straight-laced, so when she hit the red carpet at the 2019 Oscars wearing this red Haute Couture hybrid between a superhero costume and a sophisticated gown, we were all mesmerized.

Clare Waight Keller's Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy - Lady Gaga In Givenchy Haute Couture - 'A Star Is Born' LA Premiere

Lady Gaga In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘A Star Is Born’ LA Premiere

You might not have expected this one, but it was one of my many highlights from Lady Gaga’s promo tour for ‘A Star is Born’.   If only she had kept this same energy for her awards season run.

Clare Waight Keller's Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy - Emma Stone In Givenchy – Netflix Original Series ‘Maniac’ New York Premiere

Emma Stone In Givenchy – Netflix Original Series ‘Maniac’ New York Premiere

We don’t get enough of Emma Stone in Givenchy.  But this was a shining example of why she should wear the brand more often.

Clare Waight Keller's Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy - Rihanna In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2019 Diamond Ball

Rihanna In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2019 Diamond Ball

It was between her Ocean’s 8 world premiere look, her 2020 NAACP Image Awards look, and this stunning creation from the 2019 Diamond Ball.   

Ruffles would usually win in most situations, but this silhouette, and the fit on Rihanna still makes me swoon.

Jordan Roth In Givenchy Haute Couture - 2019 Tony Awards

Jordan Roth In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2019 Tony Awards

It would’ve been a crime had I not included this iconic moment from producer Jordan Roth in this mixed media, joyous outing. 

Leather, ruffles, floral appliqués?

YES, yes, yes.

Zendaya Coleman’s Givenchy Haute Couture Sophisticated Look For The 2019 InStyle Awards

Zendaya Coleman In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2019 InStyle Awards

We’ve had butterflies. Afro wigs, and plenty of feathers, but Zendaya let elegance stand at the forefront in this Haute Couture creation.

Zhang Ziyi In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘La Belle Epoque’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

Zhang Ziyi In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘La Belle Epoque’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

Yes, my thirsty for all thing shiny draws me to this elevated princess gown, but I stayed for the classic/modern cross-over, and Zhang’s flawless beauty.

Diane Kruger In Givenchy Haute Couture  – ‘The Operative’ Berlinale Film Festival Premiere

Diane Kruger In Givenchy Haute Couture  – ‘The Operative’ Berlinale Film Festival Premiere

There was lots to admire about this Givenchy Haute Couture look.  So many elements that only someone of Diane’s stature could deliver with such elegance.

Julianne Moore In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘Rocketman’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

Julianne Moore In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘Rocketman’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

Like Cate Blanchett, Julianne could’ve had a lot of inclusions in this list, (her red Haute Couture look from the ‘Everybody Knows’ Cannes Film Festival screening being one of them, but this was the most unexpected in terms of style and delivery.

Mena Massoud  In Givenchy -‘Aladdin’ Paris Screening

Mena Massoud In Givenchy -‘Aladdin’ Paris Screening

Sharp and elegant.  Who doesn’t love a Disney moment with a twist?

Michael B Jordan in Givenchy - Just Mercy' Toronto Film Festival Premiere

Michael B Jordan In Givenchy – Just Mercy’ Toronto Film Festival Premiere

The statement jacket/coat, was definitely a hit with sharply dressed men in Givenchy on the red carpet.  And Michael B Jordan proved that sometimes it’s all one needs to stand out.

Chadwick Boseman In Givenchy - ‘Black Panther’ London Premiere Menswear

Chadwick Boseman In Givenchy – ‘Black Panther’ London Premiere

I couldn’t do any Givenchy menswear tribute post without shouting out the man who made the Givenchy statement jacket/coat so very appealing. 

Where Chadwick leads, others follow.

Of course this wasn’t his only memorable Givenchy outing.  His 2018 and 2019 Oscars looks deserve honorable mentions.

Ezra Miller In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ London Premiere

Ezra Miller In Givenchy Haute Couture – ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ London Premiere

The actor appeared to be paying homage to ‘Harry Potter’s’ Hedwig.  A Haute Couture version of course.

It may have been too costumey for some. But I’m sure JK Rowling approved.

Lily Collins In Givenchy Couture – 2018 Met Gala

Lily Collins In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2018 Met Gala

Met Galas can often lead to disappointment when celebrities don’t stick to the theme. 

Lily Collins’ Givenchy Haute Couture look perfectly embodied the ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination’ dress code back in 2018. 

This was one of her better outings in Givenchy.  As her 2019 BAFTAs look was met with a lukewarm reception.

Nicole Kidman In Givenchy Couture – 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Nicole Kidman In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2018 Golden Globe Awards

One word.  Sensational.  This is the type of movie star glamour I craaaavee.

Zoe Saldana In Givenchy – ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ LA Premiere

Zoe Saldana In Givenchy – ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ LA Premiere

This list would not be completed without one Zoe Saldana look.  The two I had in mind funnily enough were both from ‘Avenger’ premiere’s. 

The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ LA Premiere, and the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ LA Premiere.

The latter stood out as more of a classic Zoe Saldana look, plus the necklace on the ‘Endgame’ dress threw me off a little.

Hunter Schafer In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

This is easily my favourite Givenchy Haute Couture look of 2020.  I hope we get to some more before the year ends.

Rooney Mara In Givenchy Haute Couture – 2018 Met Gala

Now Rooney Mara had more Givenchy moments than most (or tied with Rosamund Pike), but she was the hardest person for me to narrow down one look. 

I feel like I selected this 2018 Met Gala look because it didn’t have that déjà vu feel that the majority of her all black and all white looks conjured up.

The runner up will be her 2020 BAFTA gown. But perhaps that because it’s the most recent.

Meghan Markle Weds Prince Harry In Givenchy

Meghan Markle Weds Prince Harry In Givenchy

I wouldn’t class this as one of my faovurites, but Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was worthy of an inclusion as it was an iconic fashion moment for the wearer, designer and brand.

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21 Responses to Clare Waight Keller’s Most Memorable Moments For Givenchy

  1. TeaAtTwo April 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm #

    Catherine will you be doing wish lists for Givenchy Haute Couture and for Valentino Haute Couture?

  2. Glenda April 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

    I’m sad to see Clare go. Her brand of ladylike, sophisticated glamour will be sorely missed.

    Everybody is rightly talking about her couture collections: they were the highlight of the couture agenda for me, along with Valentino. Speaking of which, I still want to see more looks from the Fall 2018 HC collection on the red carpet – looks 26 and 28 in particular, on somebody like Cate Blanchett.

    The Fall 2020 is impossibly CHIC (another word that perfectly describes her collections for the house), too.

    • Tamia April 16, 2020 at 10:35 pm #

      Hope you and yours are staying safe FC x

      You know damn well we didn’t like that Rachel Weisz’s Oscar dress though!

      • TeaAtTwo April 17, 2020 at 5:56 am #

        I loved Rachel’s outfit, plus I gave extra kudos for wearing it to the Oscars where everyone usually goes safe and rather bland. I just wasn’t overly keen on the headband with the rest of the look. Hunter’s Vanity Fair party look was another look that I was dying to see worn but didn’t think a celeb would wear. Delighted that she proved me wrong.

        • Chris April 17, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

          Totally agree on Rachel’s Oscars look, thought it was great as well!

  3. Los_NGLS April 16, 2020 at 1:30 am #

    Such beautiful and stunning fashion moments. Completely forgot Gagas ASIB silver dress was Givenchy!
    I had to fight myself to love Meghan’s dress, as I love pretty everything else about her LOL, but the more I read about it and saw comparisons to classic Hubert designs, the more I grew to love it. I would love to see it in peson, and to see the inside.

  4. Nat39 April 15, 2020 at 11:28 pm #

    I have to give a shoutout to chic menswear! Mena, MBJ, Chadwick – those are some of the best and standout menswear looks we’ve seen over the years!

    • Nat39 April 15, 2020 at 11:49 pm #

      A lot of really nice looks for the ladies, my faves here are Julianne, Rosie, and heavenly Zhang Ziyi.

  5. Chris April 15, 2020 at 10:09 pm #

    Really disappointed to hear Clare will no longer be the artistic director of Givenchy. I LOVED her work there, I mean, her couture collections were amazing! And definitely one of the couture shows I was most looking forward to the past couple seasons!

    • Catherine Kallon April 16, 2020 at 7:56 am #

      I adore her Haute Couture collections.

  6. JHH April 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

    There a lot of great looks here (I’m ignoring that Diane Kruger one that I thought was horrendous). Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked absolutely magnificent. I hope to see CWK elsewhere soon.

    • Catherine Kallon April 16, 2020 at 7:56 am #

      I’m sure she will go on to great things

  7. TeaAtTwo April 15, 2020 at 7:25 pm #

    I wonder what Meghan will do, I know she didn’t wear Givenchy all the time but I wonder whether she’ll now wear the label as often?

  8. TeaAtTwo April 15, 2020 at 6:59 pm #

    I hate that designers don’t stay for long at fashion houses/brands anymore. Claire has been very impressive for Givenchy. Was a reason given for her departure?

    • Catherine Kallon April 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

      I’m devastated.

      No one seems to know.

      It was such a short tenure when she was really getting into her stride.

      • Rachel April 15, 2020 at 11:38 pm #

        Money. It’s because her collections weren’t selling. Givenchy wants sales from bags and accessories and she wasn’t giving that.

        It’s like hire an accessories designer then and let Clare take care of the clothes. It’s not hard.

        I’m gutted she’s leaving. Three years is a joke. I think it’s a huge mistake. They will probably hire some hack like the one at Balenciaga.

        • TeaAtTwo April 16, 2020 at 9:33 pm #

          Hiring someone to focus on the leather goods/accessories sounds like a great idea.

    • DorianGray April 15, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

      Take a look at this article from NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/style/clare-waight-keller-givenchy.html

  9. Charlotte April 15, 2020 at 6:53 pm #

    Julianne Moore’s dress is my favorite of your selection.
    I liked most of Clare Waight Keller design, I”m sad to see her leaving Givenchy.

    • Catherine Kallon April 15, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

      Very sad news

    • Nat39 April 15, 2020 at 11:36 pm #

      I remember how much I liked Julianne’s look, one of her best.

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