Following the SS23 season in Paris, Matthew M. Williams continues to bring a sophisticated edge to streetwear, executing his vision for the Givenchy Maison. For his Fall/Winter 2023 collection, Williams continues to re-evaluate traditional archetypes in menswear and advance a new vision of contemporary masculinity in fashion.
Williams is on the verge of a new formalization of menswear, restructuring and deconstructing bespoke suits and regular silhouettes to create dress code-corrected sets for classics. The collection was presented in a light white box that highlighted each outfit that walked the runway.Staying true to his technical roots, the artist’s approach to his work was inspired by the traditional suit. using his ability to blend streetwear silhouettes with streetwear motifs. He employs a technique that transforms clothing and accessories by magnifying bold cuts and intricate fabric treatments.
Drawing on the Maison’s sophisticated design notes, Williams reimagines menswear archetypes and incorporates American influences into French fashion. The collection was all about creating texture and a unique focus for each piece, and Williams adds his own unique flair when customizing the tailoring of the collection. Instead of cramming anything in, he layered the pieces on top of each other to get the most out of his ideas. Cropped-length sweatshirts were paired with baggy layers of sportswear, leather jumpsuits were tied at the waist to look like trousers, and were paired with oversized hoodies and blazers, faux from his snakeskin. The patterns were plentiful, from Cheetah his prints, plaids, mesh, canvas, and denim.
Williams finds a sweet spot in combining streetwear silhouettes with traditional menswear archetypes to bring an edge to formal wear. See the full collection above.
In other fashion news, Lemaire attended Paris Fashion Week to present the FW23 collection.