Givenchy has just named its new creative director: Matthew M. Williams of cult streetwear label 1017 Alyx 9SM.
Following the departure of Clare Waight Keller earlier in April, the American founder and designer of streetwear-inspired luxury label 1017 Alyx 9SM has just been announced as Givenchy’s new creative director.
This marks the 34-year-old designer’s first major directorial role, and while he’ll continue to run Alyx independently, he begins his work at the French house today. His responsibilities include both women’s and men’s collections, and is set to present his first creations for the brand in Paris come October.
“In these unprecedented times, I hope in some way I can bring hope and, with my community and colleagues, create positive change for the industry and for the world,” shared Williams in a released statement, adding that “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.”
With a background deeply rooted in street fashion, we look forward to seeing the dynamism Williams is expected to ignite as he takes the helm at the legacy couture house.