For Givenchy’s FW21 collection, Matthew Williams explored the art of sound and music while delivering yet another statement-filled show. This is Williams’ second ready-to-wear show at the luxury French house since being appointed as creative director in June 2020.
The collection was shown through a pre-recorded digital presentation in which the models can be seen walking down what seems to be a dark empty concert hall. The co-ed show opens with a blazer decorated with Williams’ style hardware buttons, paired with an Alexander McQueen ‘Armadillo’-esque boot. The collection also offers cupless bras, knitted cat-eared masks while faux fur and leather were seen throughout. Sportswear and luxury merged for a collection that overflowed with youthful elegance.
An array of notable accessories such as fuzzy gloves, and printed scarves were also presented. The ‘Cut-Out’ bag, a Givenchy staple, made a reappearance, this time in black leather and completed with a bold silver hardware chain. Each look was complemented with bold jewelry such as padlock and chain necklaces, a signature feature of Williams’ aesthetic.
When discussing the show, the designer stated, “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.”. He further explains, “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”.
While his SS21 collection focused on accentuating the body through tailored and fitted looks, Williams uses FW21 to explore the abstract idea of sound. As Williams said, he wanted to bring “a sense of lived reality” all while respecting and elevating the “precision, elegance and extravagance” Givenchy is known for.
Merging his take on youth culture and the rich history of the brand, Williams further asserts his position as he drives Givenchy into a new era of luxury.
Watch the full Givenchy FW21 presentation below.