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From the heart ♥️ After three truly wonderful years, the time has come to close my chapter at Givenchy. As the first woman to be the Artistic Director of this legendary Maison, I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to cherish its legacy and bring it new life. Focusing on a world based on Haute Couture has been one of the highlights of my professional journey. I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams : your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between. Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art. See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe ❤️ Love, Clare
The announcement of Clare Waight Keller’s tenure ending at Givenchy has us, frankly, shook. While we can’t think of anyone else who is able to inject flou, a new-age masculine sensitivity and some pretty red carpet-worthy looks for the house, we’re also wondering why the recent spate of fashion musical chairs revolves around the number three.
Raf Simons at Dior, Clare herself, Alexander Wang at Balenciaga and Alessandra Facchinetti at Tod’s all served just three years and while we think it has to do with the number being one of expansion, growth and abundance — we’re not numerologists. Instead, we’re taking you through the best of Clare in our issues.
Gabriel De Souza, Tattoo artist and 1/3 of local band Caracal, flaunts the city slicker leather vest from Clare’s debut menswear collection.
A soft utilitarian backpack and a pair of rubber slides; Clare’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection gets a harder urban twist.
The heavy lug soled boot and the reflective gym bag is one part urban influence and one part new-age man.
Singaporean model and top three contestant of our Model Of the Year 2018 competition Rayner dons a Japanese inspired Hawaiiain shirt from Clare’s Resort 2019 collection; a subtle nod to influences from the East.
Model of the Year 2019 winner Mako Chia dons Clare’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection that’s high on biker cool and loaded with comfort.
One of Clare’s best pieces in our books is the humble classic biker jacket — hers was rendered in the softest leather that aged well over time.
When looked through another lens, some of Clare’s looks were party appropriate. Just ask our top three finalists of our Model Of the Year 2019 competition.
In short, wearing Clare’s Givenchy always demanded a close up. Our Model Of the Year 2019 winner Suyu can attest to it.