The Verdict On Matthew Williams’ First Collection For Givenchy

Founded in 1952 by the improbably elegant couturier Hubert de Givenchy, who died in 2018, the LVMH-owned house with his name has had something of a chequered output over the past three decades.  The maison was bought by the Paris-based luxury-goods conglomerate in 1988, and its creative direction has been overseen at various stages by designers ranging from Alexander McQueen and John Galliano (relatively successfully) to Julien Macdonald and Ozwald Boateng (less so). Following the departure of Italian designer Riccardo Tisci – who sat at the helm for some 12 years and imbued the brand with a monochromatic aesthetic all his own – in 2017, the reins were handed to British designer Clare Waight Keller, whose rakish-yet-edgy tailoring won column inches and critical plaudits, if not the wallet contents of today’s hype-hungry fashion consumers. Read more at British GQ.