Matthew Williams is set to leave as creative director of Givenchy after three years, effective January 1, 2024. His last collection (his final pre-Fall 2024 collection) will be unveiled this month. Although a successor has not been namedm according to a statement the house’s studio teams will lead design in the interim.
The soon to be ex-LVMH designer is known for creating sophisticated evening attire and unique tailoring techniques. Though faced challenges during the pandemic, with limited exposure for his first shows, Williams found stability incorporating archivesaided by stylist Carine Roitfeld. His innovative approach modernizes the brand’s product range, including the Voyou bag and U-lock jacket.
Sadly, Williams is among the recent creative director shake-ups, including new appointments at Blumarine, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, and Ann Demeulemeester, as well as Moschino, whose creative director, Davide Renne, tragically died, and Tod’s, whose creative director, Walter Chiapponi, stepped down.
In the meantime, Williams is set to focus on his own brand 1017 Alyx 9SM, founded in 2015, (and primarily known for its haute streetwear aesthetic.) The label, which combines sleek tailoring with utility-inspired metallic accents, has recently secured a new investor, Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Adrien Cheng, who was previously backed by Slam Jam founder Luca Benini.