First, there was the announcement earlier this summer time. Then, there have been the mysterious photos of locks by Nick Knight. Then, these locks had been photocopied to the squeals of Playboi Carti. After which, we lastly acquired what we had all been ready for: Matthew M. Williams’s first ready-to-wear assortment for Givenchy, data-dumped onto the world within the type of 54 lookbook photographs.
Though a digital launch of this sort comes with a lot much less pomp and circumstance than the same old arrival of a brand new LVMH inventive director, it comes at the additional advantage of trying on the garments with out having to surprise about issues like what the selection of DJ meant. So with out additional adieu, let’s dive in:
Up till his current transfer to Paris for the Givenchy gig, Williams was based mostly on the seat of his ALYX atelier, which is positioned on the coronary heart of Italian textile manufacturing within the medieval metropolis of Ferrara. As such, the designer has developed an ultra-sophisticated method to supplies that’s clearly on show in his Givenchy debut.
With out the advantage of observing it swish down the catwalk, this method rang loud and onerous by Look 41, which includes a shiny patent shoe, a crocodile apron, a hand-dyed pant, a camp shirt, and what seems to be a semi-transparent lengthy sleeve within the vein of a traditional Jean-Paul Gaultier “tattoo” shirt. Some would say “kitchen sink,” others would say “go awf.”
In the case of business success at a luxurious home, securing the bag requires securing the bag. And it’s clear that Williams’s debut stepped as much as the plate with lots of new signatures — together with a sharp pocketbook for women and men, a pair large and baller crocodile totes, in addition to a shoulder-strapped water bottle that may be very harking back to Kim Jones’s country-gent antics at Dunhill.
Plus there’s a few chest packs in there for all you archive youngsters!
Whereas the ladies’s sandals within the assortment — particularly when styled with a wool three-toed tabi sock — deserve accolades, as a hometown hero of the streetwear world, it’s inevitable that Williams would come by stepping with some god-tier males’s footwear ideas. The mega-soled crocodile boots clearly ship some ’70s swag, in addition to a working silhouette, additionally with a croc higher, from Look eight deserves some nearer examination. However the slides within the assortment are one thing else. Few might have guessed only a handful of moons in the past that the star footwear of Givenchy SS21 Prepared-to-Put on can be a leather-based remix of a chunky Hoka One One restoration sandal designed by Matthew Williams. However such is the facility of 2020.
As with all Herculean efforts, there’s at all times an Achilles heel. Within the case of this assortment, this deadly flaw comes within the type of a devil-horned leather-based baseball cap that seems throughout a number of seems within the assortment. However the SoundCloud rappers want one thing to go dwelling with too…