Mystery was muse for Clare Waight Keller’s pre-Fall Givenchy collection. Auras of the mythological that tapped into a suitably refined otherworldliness. Waight Keller’s touch is, aptly, something of a Midas one. Never more obvious than when her talent was stratospherically exposed upon her designing of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress in 2018. In keeping with her label maison, her name became a global household sensation overnight.
Her mythological intrigue for pre-Fall stirred the fashion foundations of her Givenchy minimalist aesthetic. Menswear quite literally sported Icarus’ “too close to the sun” fables while the womenswear drew upon vigorous volume and inspired appliqués (Icarus-style feathers being one such) to expose her inspiration.
However, despite the dream-creature conjuring, the wearability of the range is distinctly real. If fantasy is the foundations, then practicality is the framework. And at the forefront is Waight Keller’s superb knack for desirable accessories, in particular the key pre-Fall leatherwear. From today, Givenchy’s brand new ‘Mystic’ handbag is available worldwide, including in boutiques across Australia. Following the success of the ‘Whip’ and the ‘Antigona’, the Mystic is a carry-all crafted with timelessness and covetable style. Top stitching and delicate painted edges are done by hand, while handles are made from three layers of leather formed with a curved reinforcement. Its generous housing is closed by a classic geometric flap and fastened by a signature “Double G” gold satin clasp.
Such considered sophistication is the work of the finest ateliers, and below is an exclusive insight into how the process comes to life. This is Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller’s pre-Fall leatherwear dreamscape brought into a full-colour reality.
The Givenchy ‘Mystic’ is available now in boutiques across Australia and worldwide. For stockist call (07) 5631 4594.