For Givenchy’s very first Resort collection, Matthew Williams sent a slew of rebellious teenagers on Paris’ train tracks – when other photos showed the models photographed on Île aux Cygnes in Paris’s 15th arrondissement.
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The first place seemed to pay homage to the designer’s childhood on the West Coast and to the skate scene of the 1990s, while the second linked him to France.
“I wanted to bring together my American roots and my brand new life in Paris. There’s an energy of striking out for a new adventure, of drawing on something familiar yet creating something completely new”, Williams explained in the show’s note.
“A lot of people also don’t realize necessarily that the Statue of Liberty is here, and its connection to France. That’s something I always wanted to do since I moved here – to do a show at the Statue of Liberty – and this was a great opportunity to do so”, he continued.
The collection thus bridged the two Williams houses: Givenchy, and 1017 Alyx 9SM, the designer’s own label. Looking for ways to unite the two, Williams called upon the Seattle-born, Mexico-based airbrush artist Chito who worked with Supreme and Yohji Yamamoto.
Iconic Chito characters, including a cartoon dog and a sad clown, have been printed to a variety of items from denim jackets and pants to hoodies, backpacks, sneakers and masks.
Williams also gave Chito carte blanche to revisit the Givenchy 4G logo in contrasting colors. The collection also included a collaboration with Rimowa, coming in the form of silver carry-ons featuring Chito’s art in bold splashes of red.
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