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The white, fringed organza coat has clean, angular lines and flecks of shine; the top is laser cut, and the pants are straight, ending in a long, stiffened cuff.
In a WWD exclusive, Matthew Williams, the new creative director of Givenchy, shared the first full women’s look from his debut spring 2021 collection, to be unveiled tonight in Paris.
The silhouette suggests a tailoring-driven approach to the storied French couture house, while reflecting the modernism associated with Williams’ 1017 Alyx 9SM brand and his obsession with cutting-edge craftsmanship.
The 425,000 people who follow the American designer on Instagram would have noticed him wearing intensely shredded jeans of late, foreshadowing the surface texture of his Givenchy top, the horizontal shreds of fil coupé jacquard mounted on organza.
A look from Givenchy’s spring 2021 collection designed by Matthew Williams.
It’s also clear Williams didn’t wipe the product slate clean. His first look is accessorized by a new version of Givenchy’s hit Antigona bag, with elongated straps and a more streamlined élan. It was first introduced a decade ago.
A key ringleader of the luxury streetwear scene, Williams joined Givenchy last June and became the French house’s seventh couturier. At the time, the designer vowed that Givenchy’s new
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Kente Gentlemen is seeking to address misconceptions about what is meant by “African” fashion. More expansive than what’s typically highlighted, fashion in Africa encompasses “a multitude of traditions, cultures, textures, forms, techniques and philosophies,” according to founder Aristide Loua.
Loua serves as creative director, the the team consists of Sydney Bagrou, chief financial officer, and Cyprien Mvuanda, chief technology officer. The brand’s aesthetic approach is a combination of culture, poetry and color into each article of clothing. Each piece is tailored in unique style from fabrics handmade in Africa to pay respect to and support the textile heritage and local craftsmanship of the continent, which includes a community of hand-weavers, artists, tailors and artisans. Loua ventured to the markets of Abidjan to find tailors, and the countryside for local artisans.
Other standouts include the “Femi” cropped jacket, which retails for $155, and the best-selling “Tradi-Jacket III-01,” a denim-like shirt jacket handwoven by local artisans in the Senoufo region of Côte d’Ivoire.
Contemporary women’s wear brand Apartment 202 is carving out a niche with its eye-catching pieces. Founded by Miami native Brandee Godwin, who goes by BB professionally, the brand got its name from the designer’s first apartment in Los Angeles, which doubled as a design studio. BB gathers inspiration from interior design and gives subtle hints within pieces that reflect her personal style, like oversized bottoms and risqué tops. “The goal is to construct staple pieces that transcend time,” said BB. Bestsellers include the “Virgo” top — pentagon armor cut with a strappy back priced at $110 — and the “Gilda trousers,” featuring a relaxed boy cut, oversized paper-bag pockets and double-band waist priced at $375. New releases include the dreamers collection and Mermaid lagoon. A staple upcoming piece is a crystal T-shirt overlaid with the “Virgo” top.
Designing the brand’s own shoe collection was the natural next step in Frame’s evolution, according to cofounders and co-creative directors Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson.
Footwear is not entirely new to Frame, which launched a small sneaker collaboration several seasons ago and a boot capsule created with Tamara Mellon last fall. But this is the first time that Torstensson and Grede have truly explored the category in its entirety.
“It is part of the whole look for the Frame woman, which has been our ambition since Day One,” Torstensson said. “It was a very natural build. We famously started with jeans but then added a head to toe look with ready-to-wear and also have handbags.”
In many ways, the recent boot capsule with Tamara Mellon served to inform what the Frame woman wanted from the brand including style, the delivery of exceptional quality, comfort and a great price. “We don’t always want to wear sneakers and I don’t think a lot of women always want to wear heels,” Grede said. “So we wanted to have just really chic, casual shoes that deliver for [her] lifestyle.”
Frame’s shoe collection launches with styles that are designed for everyday comfort featuring sandals, mules, ballet flats and more.