I Am Your Mirror

Givenchy Spring Summer 19 was all about blurring the lines. Creative Director Clare Waight Keller took some cues from an iconic woman in history: Swiss writer, photographer and traveler Annemarie Schwarzenbach who lived over a century ago and was known for being quite charmingly non binary in her dress and mannerisms. The collection explored blurring the lines between what is traditionally considered as menswear and womenswear in subtle yet chic ways. Female models were sent down the runway with boyish haircuts sporting tuxedo jackets and leather perfecto jackets with Keller’s version of army pants — which was a direct visual from Schwarzenbach’s archives. Male models also sported a gown and sequinned pants suits that were all carefully crafted in styles and colours that in some ways managed to mimic a sort of Indiana Jones reference. The designer also drew inspiration from photos of Schwarzenbach from the 1930’s which revealed her evening wardrobe that was often asymmetrical drapery with cut-outs which she reinterpreted both in an asymmetrical cut blue gown and multi-coloured gowns with panels of pleating added to the busts. With her expertise in couture Keller was also able to curate a series of evening gowns with flower prints that were carefully digitally designed to enhance one’s hourglass shape.

On this same note of enhancing a type of vintage traveler androgyny, the designer tapped photographer Steven Meisel for the brand’s SS19 campaign, titled “I Am Your Mirror” as they continued the theme by using a male model as their muse as he poses in gowns, coats and accessories from the SS19 collection.

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