Givenchy Fall-Winter 2021 Women’s & Men’s Ready-To-Wear Collection


“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 M. Williams, Creative Director, Givenchy

In Williams’ Givenchy, there is a mix of lavishness and austerity, together with the imperfect beauty of humanity. It invokes the distinctly emotional side of the business of luxury and fashion – for both maker and wearer – something once again utilised and celebrated by Givenchy. 

The nexus of utility and luxury, protection and comfort, is at the heart of this clothing, infused as it is with the isolation and poignancy of the past year. Yet at the same time, it is a collection that is at once monumental and intimate, giving the wearer presence and audaciousness, yet still with a sense of a person at its centre with a to-hell-with-it attitude. Ultimately, it is an offering that transcends troubled times.

Bridging the classical, radical and practical, the silhouettes for both men and women explore the tension between extravagance and discipline. Sensoriality and voluptuary prevail in the use of materials, particularly faux fur and real shearling – materials that almost swaddle the wearer, enveloping and cocooning. Volumes are explored through layering, quite purposefully emphasising a more exaggerated and monumental winter silhouette. Here, feelings of comfort and protection, ease and extravagance all come into play for the wearer. In contrast to this ‘macro’ line, there is the ‘micro’ – the tension explored between the two, often appearing in the same silhouette. Here, long, lean lines are contrasted against short, taut crops or expansive, voluminous, draperies and embroideries. Outerwear is oversized, yet tautness, discipline and rigour underpin all, particularly through the tailoring traditions of the Givenchy atelier. Strong shoulders and sleeves display an architectural approach to tailoring. At the same time, sculpted, fine knitwear emphasises freedom of movement and the liberation of the body, with particular concentration on the waist.


This tension of extremes continues in the collection’s accessories, where hoods, caps, gauntlets and gloves provide a sense of drama as well as armour. The signature motif of metal hardware as unisex decoration continues, featured most prominently in the monogrammed chains and locks of the 4G bag. The high, Marshmallow sole metamorphoses to become the foundation for a multiplicity of shoes in the collection, utilised for both men and women. At once monumental, playful, light and comfortable, footwear grounds as well as elevates the silhouettes – in both senses of the term – becoming at once alien and yet viable for the everyday.

Sincerity rather than strategy is vitally important for what Williams does. The supreme example of which is the role of music in the collection, here used as a further comforting and protective force of emotional resonance and connection. Words, appropriated and isolated from a variety of favourite songs, are cut-up and reformed into three-word phrases; the idea of the cut-up is itself a songwriting technique. These pieces of clothing and blankets add a further layer of connectivity through music.

This is the first of Matthew M. Williams’ Givenchy offerings to utilise the show format, adding to the sense of drama and monumentalism in the clothing, yet never neglecting its distinct intimacy and its eventual relationship with the wearer. With an original score by Robert Hood, one of the godfathers of minimal techno and a musician profoundly linked with the sound of Detroit, Williams’ commissioning displays his American heritage as well as a purposeful, emotional bridging and connecting of continents and cultures through sound.

As Robert Hood says of the commission and collaboration:

“It was exciting and challenging for me to produce the soundtrack for this endeavour. The phrase, ‘Organized Chaos,’ stood out in my mind upon talking with Givenchy’s team; I immediately began to imagine what that would sound like while keeping minimalism in mind. The manifestation is an instrumental narrative of art as it relates to Matthew’s vision of fashion. The verbal input, colour palettes and visuals of the space gave me the inspiration and drive for the rhythm of this project.”




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Matthew M. Williams celebrates freedom with the Givenchy Spring 2022 Pre-Collection

The collection features a collaboration with graphic artist Chito in a celebration of freedom and individual style.
At the launch of the Givenchy Spring 2022 Women’s & Men’s Pre-Collection, Creative Director Matthew M. Williams mentioned: “In my collections, I always speak to lived reality. For Spring 2022, our first pre-collection runway show, 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. Chito made an ideal collaborator because we share that storyline; we speak the same language. Like me, he expresses his distinct visual signatures through unique pieces that give people total freedom to make creations their own personal statement.”

And with it, Williams expands on a new tone and attitude that he has established for the house of Givenchy by celebrating two cultures and two loves – his homeland and France, the country he now calls home.

A longtime friend and fan of the Mexico-based artist, Williams invited Chito to develop new airbrush graphics and bring his idioms to the Givenchy universe. In a celebration of individual style, essential pieces — from T-shirts and jackets to accessories — merge the designer’s sharp tailoring and graphic aesthetic with Chito’s fresh takes on Givenchy emblems. Abstract and figurative motifs mix with idiosyncratic characters such as Chito’s cartoon dog, a symbol of protection and loyalty.

Chito’s Pop-inspired Truehearted, a print of a girl and a heart, surfaces on pieces for women and men, while the 4G Heart — a fusion of the Givenchy DNA and the artist’s signature — appears in contrasting colors. With these symbols, Williams and Chito push the Givenchy lexicon into bold new territory. Craft-inspired designs, such as a delicate spider-web motif, fuse notions of strength and fragility, creating an original and powerful counterpoint. Newly developed hardware elements boost the allure of signature Givenchy bags. Chains, metal beads and bandana embellishments give pieces a more personalized look, while the Chito clown crops up as jewelry. Delicate body harnesses set with crystals create compelling contrasts on both architectural pieces and fluid, asymmetrical looks.

A warm colour palette, a vibrant mix of textures, and novel twists on hardware and embellishments inject this collection with a fresh, versatile, and gender-inclusive energy.

This story first appeared in Prestige Indonesia.
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