So, about that Givenchy show yesterday, when the guests were really starting to arrive, boom: rain. And, not just the light stuff but the heavy stuff, I need to be home in my pajamas with a good book or movie in the pouring rain. But, the famous fashion house scrambled amid a torrential downpour to make the most of the situation. Pretty transparent umbrellas were distributed in the blink of an eye and sachets of warming gel for the hands were distributed. Fortunately, after about 20 minutes the sky cleared and people were able to sit down with the help of Givenchy staff to wipe down the seats for the outdoor show.

“This collection is an investigation into the dress codes that bind us across mindsets and continents: two culturally specific wardrobes from very different places – Paris and Los Angeles – that morphed into a truly universal look for a global and generational community. I wanted to communicate this interaction with a new clarity and strip the final expression of all complexity,” says Matthew M. Williams, Givenchy’s creative director in the notes.

It is still one of Williams’ first shows. Normally, Givenchy aficionados are used to nighttime shows during ready-to-wear week at La Défense or the Hippodrome. But, this year, the parade was closer to Paris (thank goodness!) and was during the day (again, thank goodness!).

Following its typical runway style, various models took to the runway crossing each other to unveil a “transatlantic clash of sustainable urban wardrobes”, explains the House. “Williams offers a cultural exchange between the cosmopolitan dress codes of France and America, resonating in the influence of Hubert de Givenchy on both areas of style.”

Since her start as creative director, Williams has received mixed reviews for her Givenchy collections. Essentially streetwear, its collections have been more avant-garde. But the SS23 collection is more refined because it is more in keeping with Givenchy’s high-end reputation and aesthetic.

“In creating the collection, I wanted each silhouette to embody the exchange between traditional French and American ways of dressing in an urban environment. It’s a study of the elements we associate with ‘Parisian chic’ and ‘Californian cool’, and how these contrasts have meshed into the borderless digital world,” Williams continues.

A well-fitting and elegant black satin mid-calf length jacket with ruched details on the sleeves, but made with the Givenchy technique, is paired with a black Chemisier blouse, the two pieces giving any woman a sophisticated look. A long sleeve black dress has ruched detailing on the lower half. Tweed skirt suits also add a chic touch to the collection. A classic trench also completes the collection And, a black off-the-shoulder top is matched with an all-feather skirt. Looks like archetypal workwear for any urban wardrobe, reimagined through the lens of “craftsmanship,” shares the home.

But never fear, there were plenty of streetwear ensembles like colorful bras that go with baggy cargo shorts. Midriff hoodies that accompany the silk pants but in a more streetwear way, which is part of this signature Matthew M. Williams look.

“It all starts with Hubert. I looked at his archives with my adopted Parisian eye, but also with my instinctive American eye. Through his work for Audrey Hepburn, Hubert introduced my country to a certain Parisian sophistication that has influenced our own vision of elegance – in the same way that American musical culture now inspires the wardrobes of French youth. The cultural exchange reflected in this collection has been in the works for a long time,” concludes Williams.

As the skies clear enough for the show to take place, we wonder if William will steer the next collection in the direction of Givenchy’s more traditional style, or if it will be more of a mix with his aesthetic. more avant-garde streetwear.

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