Givenchy 7.0, A User’s Manual From Matthew M. Williams

Matthew M. Williams is not a rock star. He rubs shoulders with them, designs louche, angular garments for them, and even has their tattoos — partial sleeves snaking down his arms, a cross that splits the nape of his neck — but his energy is altogether gentler. I reach him on Zoom almost exactly six months after his first day as creative director of Givenchy, where he is responsible for overseeing, well, everything: women’s & men’s ready to wear and accessories. Williams is warm and affable despite a relentless slate of responsibilities that also includes his label 1017 ALYX 9SM, ongoing collaborations with Nike, press calls like this, passion projects such as his work with artist friends like Playboi Carti, and, of course, raising his kids. A 15-year veteran of the fashion industry — with no formal training — Williams’ appointment at Givenchy is the culmination of a lifelong dream to acquire the keys to one of the world’s great luxury houses and all the resources that come with it. Read more at Highsnobiety.