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The House of Givenchy will not present a runway show during haute couture season this year because no successor to Julien McDonald has yet been found. The venerable label is said to be “searching for a rare pearl”. The new CEO, Marco Gobbetti, appointed last February, prefers to take time to analyze the situation “in order to attentively chose the future Artistic Director for the haute couture and ready-to-wear women’s collections.” “There will be no press presentation in July, but a small collection of 20 or so pieces put together in the studio will be presented to faithful clients”, indicated a spokesman for the house. On the other side, Ozwald Boateng, the new Artistic Director of Givenchy Homme will present his debut collection at the Paris men’s shows scheduled for early July.
-reported by Timothy Hagy, contributing editor