Matthew Williams made his triumphant debut at Givenchy for S/S 21, and the highly anticipated men's and women's collection is finally available - well, sort of. Released for a just three weeks until 22 December 2020, a limited edition capsule includes key tailoring and denim pieces alongside a new iteration of the Antigona handbag, together with new and exclusive pieces. Accessories are also finished with the signature padlocks and hardware the new creative director has introduced to the brand, first seen in Nick Knight's teaser campaign.
The Givenchy S/S 21 men's and women's collection, first shown in October via a look book photographed by Heji Shin, set out the framework of what's to come at Givenchy. Williams is still setting out his blueprint for the French luxury house and has made one thing clear - S/S 21 is just a taste of what's to come. The designer's initial focus on hardware, with items such as the 'Lover's Lock', have created a foundation for a new era of Givenchy. The hardware harks to the staple aeroplane belts and hardware Williams developed at his brand 1017 ALYX 9SM and later designed for Kim Jones' Dior men's. Now seen via the sphere of another French luxury house, the embossed hardware places an emphasis on the brand's interlocking G logo. Oversized gold box chains feature heavily in the new capsule, also reimagined via prints, as the hardware brings with it William's distinct edginess and penchant for something darker.
In the new capsule, hardware also adorns a new 'Lock' ankle boot, which is accompanied by the 'Marshmallow' wedge slide. Denim baked in bright pink paint brings an industrial feel to couture sensibilities when paired with a knife-sharp black blazer (both were seen in Williams' S/S 21 debut). Other denim piece feature a weave which reprises the iconic 4G house emblem. The horn cap, a subtle nod to the Alexander McQueen era, features alongside the exotic textures of leather pieces, mirrored by Williams' hardware. New to the party are covetable logo sweatshirts which will surely have the effect of moths to a flame for the younger customer LVMH are hoping Williams will entice to Givenchy, whilst a monogram boucle-style monogram jacket and trousers styled with a box chain necklace caters to the more established luxury customer looking to reinvigorate a classic wardrobe.
The capsule launches exclusively at Givenchy stores and online, with the full collection coming 26 February 2021.