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Matthew M. Williams’ debut at Givenchy has left no one indifferent. His vision of streetwear now finds harmony in the haute couture house where he has made a radical turn in concept and spirit. The SS21 ready-to-wear collection reads completely as a change between these codes, now transformed into elegant and casual garments with which to redefine the guidelines of street style.
The iconic use of the creative director’s hardware runs through the summer proposal, as well as the union of different textures in the materials, which range from the reptile to the volcano. The result builds a new universe that orbits between the formal and the casual; between elegant garments in champagne tones to industrial pieces dyed with paint and acid.
M. Williams has sculpted various garments and/or elements that should be positioned as works of art. From torso nets to sci-fi sleeve tailoring. From the white transparent coat covered with tinsel to the cream coloured trousers inspired by the 2000s. Without leaving in the background the draped blouse for men that represents a new masculinity.
FROM THE CLUB TO THE CATWALK
Here deconstruction and transparency coexist perfectly with a series of maxi-bags (some adorned with their Paris-inspired locks) in a world of disparate references. No specific stimulation or inspiration can be fixed. “I am not a theme-based designer. It is very much focused on the product. A lot of it is what I would wear personally,” Williams explained, adding that he took a trip to the archives that gave birth to some stiletto heels inspired by the era of Lee McQueen, and nodded to Hubert from Givenchy evident in some rigorous tailoring.
Matthew‘s fashion tribe has thus come to Givenchy to update the luxury house, while maintaining the elegance and status of its heritage. Of course, the night in the clubs would be revived with this textile rave.