During the weekend of the Paris Fashion Week of March 2021, Givenchy presented the fall winter 2021 collection with a parade co-ed broadcast by digital channels in the brand. Here are 4 things to know about the show.
In the Givenchy collection by Matthew M. Williams there is a mix of opulence and austerity, combined with the imperfect beauty of humanity. The link between utility and luxury, protection and comfort is at the heart of a collection infused with isolation and intensity from the past year. The format of the digital show, chosen for the first time by Williams, amplifies the sense of drama and monumentality of the collection.
The man and woman silhouettes explore the tension between extravagance and discipline, combining the classic, the radical and the functional. The sensoriality prevails in the use of enveloping materials e cocooning as the faux fur and shearling. Volumes are explored through stratifications, deliberately emphasizing a winter silhouette, exaggerated and monumental. In contrast to this “macro” line, there is the “micro” one, with long, lean lines, taut drapery and embroidery.
The accessories, such as hoods, hats and gloves, confer a sense of drama and protection. The distinctive motif ofhardware intended as a unisex decoration we find it in chains and padlocks. The high sole of the Marshmallow it transforms to become the basis for various men’s and women’s shoes with an almost alien touch.
The original score was composed by Robert Hood, one of the godfathers of minimal techno and a musician deeply attached to the Detroit sound. Through the technique of cut-up, words, appropriate and isolated from a variety of selected songs, are cut and reconstituted into three-word sentences. Requested by Williams shows his American origins and his desire to unite continents and cultures through sound.
“In many ways, this collection speaks of a constant tension between two worlds. It is about finding personal meaning in difficult circumstances; it’s about sincerity in what we do rather than strategy. We wanted to bring a sense of lived reality along with precision, elegance and extravagance to the clothes and looks. Ultimately, fashion for us is a way of being, feeling and connecting rather than a game. It’s almost like monumentalizing the everyday, filling it with emotions, like music you can wear. “ Matthew M. Williams, Creative Director of Givenchy.