A teaser for the fashion house Givenchy's upcoming season suggests the label, now under the leadership of new creative director Clare Waight Keller, is fully embracing the fashion world’s recent penchant for the blurring of genders. Keller, who was appointed in March, is the first woman to hold the position at the French luxury label.
The preview for her debut collection features black-and-white photos of two models, a man and a woman, each holding a kitten. The images are striking in their balanced representation, with both models seated on the floor, leaning against a plush sofa. The New York Times reported Keller said her mission is “not about androgyny, but synergy.” The Times also points out that Givenchy is a rare label with an even split between sales of women’s and men’s clothes.
It makes sense, then, that when Keller’s full collection debuts at Paris Fashion Week later this year, it will include both menswear and womenswear. Givenchy follows Gucci and Burberry in merging men’s and women’s shows.
Keller elaborated in the statement: “To me, Givenchy is a world where women and men alike are strong, stoic and mysterious, they own their power, and share it equally,” she said.
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