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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruffles would usually win in most situations, but this silhouette, and the fit on Rihanna still makes me swoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sharp and elegant. Who doesn’t love a Disney moment with a twist?
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.
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.
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.
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.
One word. Sensational. This is the type of movie star glamour I craaaavee.
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.
This is easily my favourite Givenchy Haute Couture look of 2020. I hope we get to some more before the year ends.
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.
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.