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Givenchy time travels to 1993

For Spring/Summer 2020, Clare Waight Keller offers us a delicious mix of feminist influences and nineties inspiration
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The Spring/Summer 2020 Givenchy show focused on 1993, a year in fashion in which many of this season’s models were not even a twinkle in their parent's eyes. 

Mixing influences from both sides of the pond (the show was titled "NY Paris 1993"), artistic director Clare Waight Keller was also influenced by another nineties reference: 2018 feminist tome, 90s B****: Media, Culture and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality by Allison Yarrow.

“The book made me realise how sexualised women were in that era, and how little we recognised that at the time – and how what happened then led to where we are now. The fashion of that era is so raw. You had a slip dress on, a bra top – you were almost naked,” explains Waight Keller. 

Through the Spring/Summer 2020 lense, the artistic director offers liberation from failed nineties ideals, while indulging in some of the successes from the decade.

Combining the couture heritage of the Parisian house and New York urban influences the catwalk was packed with daring floral prints, recycled denim (sometimes raw, sometimes frayed), Bermuda shorts and everything from casual suits for the day to sophisticated evening dresses. 

For the summer season, Givenchy also treats us to a brand new handbag: made of leather, with triple pocket and decorated with charms, the ideal new companion for hot summer nights by the sea.  

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