Magnificent GIVENCHY

AP/AFP – Poetry was at the heart of a sublimely sensitive display by Givenchy’s talented designer Clare Waight Keller. Inside the historic stone interiors of Paris’ Musee des Arts Décoratifs, floating feathers contrasted with dropped forms — produced by low-lying crinolines — to produce a collection of couture that literally played with gravity. The unexpected was everywhere.

The fronts of gowns in white sometimes contrasted, in a truncated fashion, with a back piece that was a pair of pants. Mysterious piano music held guests, in a mood of suspense during the show that seemed to tap into a dream state. Models’ hair was swept up like the feathers of a crow, and indeed this style merged with genuine feathers — a move that seems to merge animal with human, and human with clothing. Simply put, Waight Keller is currently producing some of Paris’ best couture work.