Matthew M. Williams’ understanding of tailoring and integrity in fashion makes the designer an ideal steward for the Givenchy legacy.
Just two months after the departure of Clare Waight Keller from Givenchy, the French luxury brand has announced her successor. Matthew M. Williams, the founder of streetwear label 1017 ALYX 9SM is now the new creative director for Givenchy. This would be the 34-year-old designer’s first major creative role, which will see him relocating to Paris from California.
“I am extremely honored to join the House of Givenchy,” Williams stated. “The maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era, based on modernity and inclusivity.”
Matthew M. Williams debuted Alyx in the fall/winter season of 2015. He rooted the label in contemporary culture, affirmative change and longevity of design. He quickly garnered major attention and was shortlisted for the 2016 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Since then, the brand restyled itself as 1017 Alyx 9SM and won a loyal following. In addition to his commitments to craftsmanship and attention to detail, Williams advocates authentic values of research, technical innovation and creative repurposing that align perfectly with Givenchy’s philosophy of elegant ease. His intuitive understanding of tailoring and integrity in fashion makes the designer an ideal steward for carrying the Givenchy legacy forward with modernity and power.
“I want to warmly welcome Matthew M Williams to the beautiful Maison Givenchy,” says Renaud de Lesquen, CEO and President of Givenchy. “I am convinced that, with his unapologetic approach to design and creativity and in great collaboration with the Maison’s exceptional ateliers and teams, Matthew will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”
Williams will present his first collection for Givenchy in Paris in October.
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