Matthew M. Williams, artistic director of Givenchy, staged his third prêt-à-porter collection in a futuristic space in La Defense, with 70 looks for women and men, representing the stratification of eras and influences, to talk about the near future. A melting-pot between art and fashion, thanks also to the collaboration of Young Thung, American singer and producer, author of the soundtrack, and the artist Josh Smith, American, known on the art scene for the productions of works performed with different techniques, from oil to acrylic, from watercolor to engraving, building real assemblages of shapes and colors, including those portrayed in the Givenchy collection.
Matthew M Williams worked on Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy’s 1940s silhouettes by amplifying the shoulders, thinning the waist and taking care of the workmanship and decoration on the surface of each garment, to haute couture levels, so that you can literally notice them in every corner of the show.
Column dresses were encrusted with thick, rustling mega-sequins, while padded boleros took shape through modeling structures made of micro-pleats. It already seemed to see Givenchy’s Haute Couture collection, which was announced by Williams himself, during the preparations for the show, confirming the rumors that it will go on stage next January.
The collaboration with Josh Smith, on the other hand, has brought a very different aesthetic from that of the Maison, giving color and brightness through the paintings of clowns and the writings on the surface of vulcanized denim, while the printed motifs are found on the knitwear and on the tops in skin.
A collection where art and fashion come together to give a diversified expression of the time and history of women and men.