Our Givenchy RTW Fall 2023 Runway Report is out, giving mermaid vibes with fishtail dresses and water foam pearls embellishing Red Carpet ready gowns and heels you can walk in. The streetwear trend is absolutely gone. For Fall 2023, Givenchy and Matthew M. Williams‘ edgy glamour is back—one of the most vibrant women’s collections endeavours to date.
Givenchy RTW Fall 2023
Fall 2023 marked Matthew M. Williams’ most promising Givenchy collection yet. He designed for every female demographic, from tough chic to sexy vixen, with sharp edges, softened, right down to the plush pumps. Finding inspiration from Balenciaga to Rick Ownes sprinkled with a little Rodarte.
The American designer gave lustrous cashmere and soigné tuxedo satins carved into coats with bathrobe sleeves, with sloping shoulders. Gently defined waists and dramatic box pleats fanning out behind. There were flowing silks for blouses with long ties drifting to the floor or sheer dresses in near-fluorescent colours.
“Everything has an ease to it. It still has a strong shoulder and silhouette, but you can throw it on,” he explained. “There’s a comfort to the double-face cashmere. And lots of different body types can wear these silhouettes.”
When Williams arrived at Givenchy in 2020, mid-pandemic, he inherited coed formats and was obliged to start with showroom presentations and lookbooks. Only last June, he finally uncoupled his shows, which unlocked something in him. And we are here for it!
Williams cited no specific theme, plucking flower and fish prints from the 1970s and 1980s, the time of founder Hubert de Givenchy, and interpreting them in different fabrics and body-skimming dresses.
He didn’t highlight any new hardware this time but pointed to a new top-handled handbag that appeared approximately the size and texture of a border terrier.
“We’re calling it the Ugly bag because it’s so ugly, it’s beautiful. I love what’s ugly about it,” he said with a chuckle. “It looks like a little animal that will speak to you.”
So what do you think, Hot or Not?
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Photo Credit: Givenchy