Matthew M. Williams finally got his audience in presenting the new Givenchy collection. He chose a large space for the fashion show, absolutely pro-distancing, at the Défense Arena. A gigantic suspended oval was created, under which the models militarily walked, crossing each other. The idea of the vast space comes from the collaboration with Young Thug, who created the soundtrack. The music is unreleased from his next album “PUNK”.
But Young Thug isn’t the only artist to have collaborated with Williams for this presentation. The paintings of New Yorker Josh Smith were used, inserted into the clothes. Some designs make pieces look like real moving pictures. Others, like scary clowns in color, eye-catching, underline Matthew M. Williams’ love for street style. The two met thanks to Williams’ girlfriend Marlene Zwirner, director of the David Zwirner Gallery, with whom the artist collaborates.
The collection has a hard and military mood, with a lot of initial black. It takes inspiration for many garments from 40s, yet each one is softened by romantic details such as ruffles or transparencies. “The pieces are really, really worked and complex,” said Williams, and in fact there would be a few more moments to look at every detail, to grasp the essence of this presentation.
Complexity – important tailoring – is a clear preview of Williams’ joyful preparation for couture. In January, in fact, during the next Haute Couture fashion week, Givenchy will have its high fashion show by Matthew M. Williams. This expectation is felt throughout, in every draped, fenced top, even in the incredible workmanship of every single bag.
By the way, bags and shoes really had their moment and deserve an eye here. There will likely be at least a couple of top pieces that will bully into the big trends – super copied by anyone, as was the case with Balenciaga’s shoes not so long ago.
Eyes turned upside down, instead, for the desire for an incredible sweater, very short and extremely worked with curls, look 11.