A few months after Clare Waight Keller left the post of Givenchy’s creative director, the French fashion house finally announced the name of its new designer. The high hopes are focused in Matthew Williams, the 34-year-old founder of the 1017 ALYX 9SM streetwear brand. This kind of appointment is the first in his career. It is expected that he will show his debut collection at the Paris Fashion Week in October.
“I want to say something about how honored I am to be taking on the role as creative director of Givenchy,” Williams said. “It’s been my lifelong dream to be in this position, and it’s really surreal that it’s finally here. I’ve worked every day for 15 years towards a single goal, and it’s super, super surreal. And at the same time, it’s bittersweet because we’re living in unprecedented times in the world. And I just hope in some way that I can bring hope and, with my community and colleagues, create positive change for our industry and in the world. And I’d like to use this platform to do so.”
Sidney Toledano, the CEO of Fashion Group LVMH that includes Givenchy, noted the special vision of the designer. “I believe his singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for Givenchy to write its new chapter with strength and success,” he said.
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