After its announcement in June 2020, American designer, Matthew Williams has taken over Clare Waight Keller as the creative director of Givenchy’s menswear and womenswear. Currently leading his own label, 1017 Alyx 9SM, Williams’ brand has already won the hearts of many celebrities from Kanye West to Bella Hadid. Making his debut through a lookbook, the collection was completed in two months and photographed by artist Heji Shin. Looking at luxury clothing from the lens of a streetwear designer, William has blended his own design codes with that of the couture house’s heritage and the result is a collection that straddles between the formal and the casual-urban.
Just like Williams’ trademark ‘rollercoaster’ buckle for Alyx, this season saw the designer incorporating his signature use of hardware into this season’s collection. In this collection, padlocks punctuated as decoration and fastenings, and this inclusion is a nod to the locks seen on Le Pont des Arts where they are a symbol of eternal love. “The locks are symbols of love and interconnectedness and my commitment to Givenchy,” Williams aptly explains. Other of Williams’ signatures were also embodied in the collection such as his clean tailoring, structured shoulders and textured leather pieces.
Aside from the padlocks, Williams also paid homage to his predecessors including Hubert de Givenchy’s signature looped drapery and open backs, to Alexander McQueen‘s horn heel that formed the base for the season’s widely Instagrammed ‘three-toed’ sandals, and a reworked of the House’s iconic Antigona bag by Riccardo Tisci. Overall, the collection charts are a new direction for this couture house with a storied past and as the press release mentioned, this show is merely a “sampler” of what Williams will bring and certainly makes us anticipate for what’s to come for the next season.
Here are some of our favourite looks from this collection