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Givenchy rolls back the years to 1993 with bra tops and baggy jeans

by Ace Damon
Adduct Akech to Givenchy in Paris.

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Next spring, it will be 1993 – at least in fashion.

This was the news from Givenchy, where fashion designer Clare Waight Keller named the collection for next season in NY Paris 1993. The entrance to the show was full of livery waiters who handed each guest a Givenchy patterned paper bag containing a single pretzel. salty from New York.

On the catwalk, baggy jeans were worn with high-heeled mules, bare-knit stone-washed jeans, and calf-high boots. Kaia Gerber, daughter of 90s supermodel Cindy Crawford, wore satin bra and black leather.

After reading Allison Yarrow's 2018 book, 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality, Waight Keller found himself looking differently in that decade. “The book made me realize what sexualized women were like back then and how little we recognized it at the time – and how what happened then led to where we are now. The fashion of that time is so crude. You wore a sliding dress, a bra shirt – you were almost naked.

Adduct Akech to Givenchy in Paris. Photo: Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty

Waight Keller wanted to revisit the era, but with a more enlightened view of "liberated femininity." The hem became longer, the fabrics became tougher. "More armored," as the designer put it behind the scenes. Modern sensibility has prompted Waight Keller to buy surplus jeans from the 1990s, languishing in a warehouse on the outskirts of Paris, and turn them into this season's jeans. A revival of jeans is emerging as a theme this Paris fashion week, after Hedi Slimane's Celine collection featured prominently in the 70's style flares.

Early Sunday, there were a lot of weird things at the Balenciaga parade. The inflatable jackets, which swelled high above the shoulders to give the models the Despicable Me Gru silhouette. There was also a scandalous blue backdrop inspired by the European Parliament and credit cards were worn as earrings.

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