Hubert de Givenchy, one of both Paris’ and the worlds finest designers, passed away on Saturday. The designer was well known for dressing both fashion icons Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, as well as going on to establish what is undoubtedly one of the most revered fashion houses of the past 50 years.
Hubert de Givenchy started out working along side Christian Dior, Pierre Balmian and Elsa Schiaparelli before establishing his own house at the Plaine Monceau, Paris in 1952. In February that year presented his debut collection featuring the iconic ‘Bettina’ blouse, named after his PR director and model of the day Bettina Graziani, it was made from the raw cotton “shirting” previously only used for couture fittings.
The following year he met Audrey Hepburn and quickly realised the power of enlisting a film star to help attract clients to the house of Givenchy. Hubert went on to design the black dress Hepburn famously wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His designs were seen at the time to be far more innovative than those of fellow designers at the time such as Dior and was one of the youngest designers of the progressive Paris Fashion scene. Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995 when John Galliano took over the rains for a brief stint, this was followed by a longer tenure by the designer Alexander McQueen who, to the horror of Givenchy’s staunch clientele, brought the Givenchy up to the modern day couture house it is now, leading the way for Ricardo Tisci to transform the house into the modern day power house it is today.
Hubert De Givenchy 20/2/27 – 10/3/18
Balenciaga slowly began to unveil their new campaign for SS18 Women via Instagram this week. Styled by long time collaborator and Vetements’ stylist Lotta Volkova, the campaign features models wearing the women SS18 collection whilst trying to elude the paparazzi. The images were shot by Agency Bestimage, the French equivalent of Getty images, which contained actually paparazzi photographers. “Hired security guards accompany models on their shopping trips, a further twist in the fashion meta-reality which frames the customer as the Balenciaga VIP” say the press notes. Not for the first time has Creative Director Demna Gvasalia explored this meta-reality with Balenciaga. For the Mens 2018 campaign, and again working alongside Lotta Volkova, Demna produced a series of ‘awkward family photos’ of real families (Balenciaga ‘Awkward Family Photos’). The paparazzi campaign is similar to Kanye West’s recent Yeezy season 6 campaign featuring Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton & Amina Blue. All photographed similar papped situations, and, in a twist, now looks as though it could come under fire for breaching FTC laws which require influencers to disclose sponsored content.
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After 10 years as Creative Director of the Parisian luxury brand Céline, designer Phoebe Philo is to step down. The British designers final show will be the SS18 show set to take place in Paris in March. In a statement from the brand Philo said “Working with Céline has been an exceptional experience for me these last 10 years. I am grateful to have worked with an incredibly talented and committed team and I would like to thank everyone along the way who has been part of the collaborations and conversations. It’s been amazing.” Philo joined Céline in 2008, after a tenure at Chloé, and over the 10 years has redefined how women dress, from revitalising the Stan Smith trainer she wore at the end of her catwalk shows, to turning out leather ‘it’ bags with ease as well as her famously edgy campaigns in collaboration with Juergen Teller. Rumours of her next role include a possible move to Burberry.