Clare Waight Keller proudly designs for modern women. Her most famous muse is already perceived to be the modern-day incarnation of Princess Diana, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. But beyond this royal attribute, this British-born designer who’s heralding a famous French haute couture house understands that couture clients, nowadays, want clothes that are new but are still within the traditional standards of the craft. And so that’s what she offered them during the label’s Spring 2019 haute couture show in Paris. The old-school haute couture spirit came in the strictly tailored pieces, both for men and women, and the frou-frou-esque dresses that were Audrey Hepburn-like in nature. The modernity, on the other hand, came in a multitude of elements. There were the bespoke latex pieces, shimmering in inexplicable splendor, that Waight Keller insists are not sexual. There were also the big bow backpacks that add a sense of functionality to an otherwise irrelevant decoration. Say what you will about the collection, but there’s no denying that Waight Keller is hell-bent on modernizing haute couture to a new and more contemporary audience.
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