Givenchy Fall Winter 2021 - Paris Fashion Week

Givenchy Fall/Winter 2021 – Paris Fashion Week

March 18, 2021

On an original techno score by Robert Hood, one of the founding fathers of minimal techno, titled “Organized Chaos”, Matthew Williams paraded his second coed collection for Givenchy – his first coed effort last October was a simple showroom unveiling, and look book drop.

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The real parade took place in the gigantic Paris La Défense Arena concert hall – audience-less of course, social distancing required – with headlights hovering above models’ heads like they were on the run from a flying saucer and illuminating a wet ground.

Arriving as creative director of the house last June, Matthew Williams who also runs his own streetwear-inspired label 1017 Alyx 9SM showed here his affinity for fabrication and material experimentation. Aside from the occasional pop of fire red, the looks themselves all predominately showcased a monochromatic color of black, off-white, and brown. While the color palette remained simple the pieces themselves were far from it. Street style influenced elements were fused with avant-garde creations to represent a tension between extravagance and disciple.

In many ways, this collection is about a constant tension between two worlds. It’s about finding personal meaning in difficult circumstances; it’s about sincerity in what we do rather than strategy. We wanted to bring a sense of lived reality alongside precision, elegance and extravagance in the clothing and looks. Ultimately, fashion for us is a way of being, feeling and connecting rather than a game to be played. It’s almost like monumentalising the everyday, filling it with emotion-like music you can wear

Matthew Williams