Matthew M. Williams presents the Givenchy men’s SS23 collection in Paris at the École-Militaire. This collection looks to transform archetypal garments and accessories through the artisanal and technological possibilities of the Parisian fashion house. Inspired by subcultural tropes and fluid expressions of community, Williams looks to musicians and artists who orbit his personal life. Alkaline, the Jamaican dancehall and reggae artist became a source of inspiration for this season.
Highly tailored blazers and coats are constructed from lightweight leather. They are one of many elements that lend the collection a haute couture appeal. Denoting a militaristic sensibility, leather varsity jackets adorn a logo embroidery with a motif identical to the tarot card leg tattoo Williams has. Further, camouflage motifs make appearances on Japanese denim, hand-destroyed muslin, and printed nylon.
Menswear was, quite naturally, the way I discovered fashion. In my practice at Givenchy, my men’s collections came from an instinctive starting point. This show is a reflection of myself and the men who surround me. Form my close friends to the artists who inspire my work. It’s a dialogue with the time and culture that shape the way men dress today and tomorrow: the way new generations embrace and evolve the archetypes and dress codes of the past through their own progressive outlook. It’s a thrilling evolution and the reason I have chosen this moment to stage a stand-alone men’s show for Givenchy.Matthew M. Williams, Creative Director of Givenchy
Explore the Givenchy men’s SS23 runway looks below, courtesy of Givenchy.