Givenchy harked back to the early 90s for its spring/summer 2020 collection, signalling the return of a nostalgic footwear favourite from the era.
Minimalism prevailed at Givenchy on Sunday evening as creative director Clare Waight Keller harked back to Paris and New York in the early 90s - specifically 1993 - for her spring/summer 20 collection.
There were ripped stone-wash jeans, oversized blazers, smooth block leather midi skirts worn with bandeau tops and that 90s shoe staple: square-toed platform mules.
Waight Keller explained backstage that she wanted to revisit the era through a modern feminist lens after reading Alison Yarrow’s 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality.
The 2018 book examines the way media portrayals of headline-hitting women including Monica Lewinsky, Tonya Harding and Anita Hill fuelled sexism.
The result, she said, is a “more armoured” take on the clothes of the time, The Guardian reported her as saying.
While hemlines may be longer and barely-there slip dresses replaced with sturdy bralets, the slip-on leather mules remained pretty faithful to their predecessors.
The squared toes were slightly more exaggerated, but heels were where Waight Keller really played around, introducing two-tone shades and subtle stripes for a more architectural feel.
Givenchy’s toughened-up 90s mules have us dreaming of summer already.