Season: Spring/Summer 2022
Editor's Notes: In Matthew Williams' world, couture and streetwear go hand-in-hand.
Williams, known for his uniform-inspired utilitarian aesthetic, enlisted artist Josh Smith to jazz up the collection. Incorporating his recognizable work throughout the pieces, Williams added more color than he usually would, and is stepping out of his comfort zone. " I wanted to build on the tradition of Givenchy's history while also really looking towards the future," the designer said.
With an exclusive Young Thug (the two go way back, as demonstrated on our HIGHStyle cover) track bumping on the speakers and more unreleased music, the SS22 collection took the runway, exploring the big and the bold. The show marks Williams' first live-show experience since taking on his role at Givenchy, and with so much built-up excitement, it comes as no surprise that we'd get a glimpse of the designers' brain.
Experimenting with silhouettes and material, the collection captures streetwear essentials such as utility vests, track pants, and logo baseball caps, as well as experimental pieces including unisex thigh-high boots in suede and leather and tailored suits. Don't worry, the boots come in multiple colors, too.
Of course, Williams' affinity for footwear really came through in this collection, debuting a handful of new silhouettes such as leather clogs, platform boots, a fully knitted sneaker reminiscent of long-time friend Kanye West's YEEZY 350 (except with a massive heel), and new versions of the chunky Mallow.
As for accessories, Williams continues to create must-have pieces. New takes on the Cut-Out bag, as well as a new silhouette dubbed the Kenny (after debuting on Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala), sporty eyewear, chunky chain necklaces, new Love Locks, and more recognizable hardware – a Williams specialty.
The Givenchy Spring/Summer 2022 collection was a mixture of Givenchy heritage and craftsmanship, and the vast ideas and creativity that goes on in Matthew Williams' brain. After having done Couture at the house for the first time, the silhouettes are getting bolder and the ideas are getting bigger. Keep the experimentation coming, because we're loving it.