Givenchy’s timelessness

AP / AFP – Musicians were suspended mid-air while seated on chairs attached to stone columns for Givenchy’s historic Left Bank show venue.

They played dramatic classical music to accompany spring’s equally dramatic couture — an accomplished series of varied designs that made it seem as if designer Clare Waight Keller can’t put a foot wrong.

The clothes spoke for themselves, without the need for cultural references, through deft plays of proportion. A long charcoal tuxedo coat had a magnificent shape, with a truncated full skirt billowing out unexpectedly at knee level in a clever reinterpretation of a known silhouette.

Vividly coloured silk ruffles didn’t just appear as details on gowns, but Keller used them to construct the structure and silhouette of trapeze-shaped garments that seemed like dense, oversize petals.