Matthew Williams Makes His Givenchy Debut
The newly-appointed creative director celebrates the house’s heritage with references to Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci.
From Raf Simons at Prada to Kim Jones at Fendi, the fashion industry has been filled with exciting moments this season. Continuing the socially distant Paris Fashion Week, Matthew Williams has finally unveiled his debut collection for Givenchy following his initial appointment back in June.
Leading up to the Spring/Summer 2021 lookbook, the new creative director shared a series of teasers that highlight 4G logo chains and locks. As anticipated, Williams showcased a collection led by hardware pieces to unite womenswear with menswear, and utility with luxury. With the “Lover’s Lock” motif spotted throughout, the range celebrates the love-filled city of Paris, along with further design details that pay homage to Alexander McQueen and Riccardo Tisci‘s time at the house.
Having created the range over a period of two months amidst a pandemic, Williams illustrates the past, present and future of Givenchy. Hubert de Givenchy’s signature looped drapery is reborn on garments like a black dress, loose-fitted top and halter neck tank. Models are seen in golden trousers styled with a horned cap, paying homage to the brand’s 1997 Couture show led by McQueen. Elsewhere, hints of Tisci’s iconic panther motifs are splashed onto scarves, button-up shirts and more.
In addition to the garments, statement accessories highlight the collection. In footwear, “Tryp-toe” shoes and stockings break the norm, while horned heels accompany the McQueen-influenced pieces. Keeping things casual and comfy, the “Marshmallow” slides serve unexpected, chunky looks in black and beige colorways. Meanwhile, the unisex “Cut-Out” bag is embellished with chains and hardware objects, showcasing Williams’ signature style of experimenting with technical materials.
Peep Williams’ first Givenchy collection in the gallery above.