Creative director Matthew Williams enlisted minimal techno godfather Robert Hood for Fall/Winter 2021

Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 2021 offering debuted in Paris, marking American designer Matthew Williams’s second collection at the helm of the French house. The new line is teeming with anthropomorphic sensuality—crocheted ski masks with horn-like structures combined with technical silhouettes instigate our carnal desires. Other looks are more explicit, such as a bodysuit that revealed model Grace Hartzel’s bare chest.

Williams, who is also co-founder of 1017 Alyx 9SM, counts Kanye West, Virgil Abloh, and Lady Gaga among his close collaborators—and music has always been at the heart of his artistic and creative philosophy. The Fall/Winter 2021 collection is inspired by music; according to Givenchy’s’s accompanying press statement, Williams likened the fashion to “music you can wear.” In tandem with that theme, Williams enlisted Robert Hood, “one of the godfathers of minimal techno,” to score the presentation, which the Detroit native describes as “organized chaos.”

And while Williams brings a new vision and philosophy to Givenchy, many of the brand’s heritage elements—sleek minimalism, taut silhouettes—and contemporary indicia, including its recognizable monogram and signature motif metalwear marry forward-thinking utility with the brand’s rich heritage.

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