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Who is Matthew Williams, Givenchy’s New Creative Director?

Matthew Williams has been announced as Clare Waight Keller’s successor at the Parisian luxury house. Find out everything you need to know about the designer and his career so far right here!

Luxury fashion fans have been anticipating the announcement of Givenchy’s new creative director since Clare Waight Keller‘s departure in April and thew news on her successor is finally in—Matthew Williams. The designer behind the “luxury streetwear” label 1017 ALYX 9SM will lend his vision to both women’s and mens collections and is set to present his first collection for Givenchy in Paris this October. 

In an official statement announcing his new position, Williams shared: “I am extremely honored to join the House of GIVENCHY. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era, based on modernity and inclusivity.”

“I am grateful to the LVMH group for trusting me with the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream. In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change,” he added.

While Matthew Williams appointment may surprise some (it’s his first role as an creative director for a major luxury brand), it’s in keeping with LVMH’s decision to have Virgil Abloh, a fellow streetwear designer and collaborator of Williams’, take the reins at Louis Vuitton in 2018. 

Find out more about the American designer, his career credentials and what to expect from his spin on Givenchy below.

Who is Matthew Williams?

Chicago-born, California-raised designer Matthew Williams worked with the likes of Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Alexander McQueen early on in his career, with the former being widely credited as his mentor and the one who helped propel Williams’ name within the fashion industry. It was through Kanye West that Williams met fellow premium streetwear designers, Heron Preston and Virgil Abloh, with whom he formed art, DJ and design collective Been Trill.

In the fall/winter 2015 season, Williams unveiled his debut womenswear collection under his own brand, ALYX, which he launched in partnership with Slam Jam Socialism‘s Luca Benini. He’s since gone on to produce full seasonal collections for both mens and women’s each year and has racked up an impressive roster of global stockists, including Browns, Selfridges and MATCHESFASHION, to name a few. 

What is 1017 ALYX 9SM?

Originally named solely ALYX (pronounced as “a-leeks”) after William’s daughter, the brand later updated its name with additional numbers and lettering. 1017 relates to Williams’ birthday (October 17th) and 9SM is a nod to the brand’s original founding studio on St Marks Place, NYC.

Known for its dark, utilitarian aesthetic and its signature “Rollercoaster” belt buckle (a design that’s said  to literally be inspired by a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in California), ALYX fuses the functionality of streetwear design with Williams’ unshakable love of subcultures, all coated with a slick of high-end gothic appeal—something that lends itself well to the dark romanticism associated with the house of Givenchy.

What could Matthew Williams' Era at Givenchy look like?

Aside from the aforementioned connections between the aesthetic preferences of Matthew Williams and Givenchy, Willams is likely to bring streetwear’s penchant for collaboration with him to the luxury maison. Through 1017 ALYX 9SM, Williams has collaborated with Moncler, Nike and Dior under Kim Jones’ tenure.

With a bona fide set of celebrity it-girl fans including Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Kylie Jenner, you can be sure to expect some very famous faces both in campaigns and on the runway for Matthew Williams’ Givenchy.

About the Author
Nav Gill is a Senior Editor at Editorialist covering fashion, features and news. A Fashion Communication graduate, she was previously an Editor at HYPEBAE and has a strong interest in luxury fashion, emerging brands, streetwear and footwear. When she’s not on the road covering European fashion weeks, you’ll find her scouring the Internet for the latest sneaker drops.
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