Fashion stars congratulate Matthew Williams on Givenchy gig

Top models and designers have congratulated Matthew Williams on his new role at Givenchy.On Monday, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned French luxury label announced that the 1017 Alyx 9SM designer would succeed Clare Waight Keller a…

Top models and designers have congratulated Matthew Williams on his new role at Givenchy.

On Monday, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned French luxury label announced that the 1017 Alyx 9SM designer would succeed Clare Waight Keller as creative director following her departure last month.

After the news was revealed, a number of top industry names were quick to take to social media to praise Williams.

On an Instagram post, Naomi Campbell wrote, “Congratulations” along with a heart and star emoji, while Adwoa Aboah commented, “Well done stunner,” and Coco Rocha stated, “So excited for this!”

Stylist Karla Welch posted, “Congratulations Matt!!!”, and designer Marc Jacobs added, “Congratulations to you Matthew.”

Elsewhere, fashion journalist Tim Blanks wrote, “Can’t wait to see what happens next,” and designer Gabriela Hearst noted, “So well deserved. Hyper Talented and Kind Human.”

Dior menswear designer Kim Jones, Bella Hadid, and hairstylist Jen Atkin also shared supportive messages.

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections.

And in a statement, Sidney Toledano, chief executive officer and chairman of LVMH Fashion Group, shared his excitement over Williams’ appointment.

“I am very happy to see Matthew M. Williams join the LVMH Group. Since he took part in the LVMH Prize, we have had the pleasure of watching him develop into the great talent he is today,” he said. “I believe his singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for Givenchy to write its new chapter with strength and success.”

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Matthew Williams named creative director of Givenchy

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bo…

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.

Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.

Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned company confirmed on Monday that Williams had been appointed as her successor.

“I am extremely honoured to join the House of Givenchy. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era based on modernity and inclusivity,” he said in a statement. “I am grateful to the LVMH group for trusting me with the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream. In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change.”

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections. He has also teamed up with the likes of Nike, Dior, Moncler, and Mackintosh on various collaborations.

Williams will be the seventh creative director of Givenchy. He follows in the footsteps of founder Hubert de Givenchy, as well as the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci.

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Clare Waight Keller reflects on ‘wonderful energy’ at Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding

Clare Waight Keller has recalled the “wonderful energy” at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018.To mark the couple’s second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the British designer took to Instagram to reminisce about making Meghan’s custom…

Clare Waight Keller has recalled the “wonderful energy” at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018.

To mark the couple’s second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, the British designer took to Instagram to reminisce about making Meghan’s custom ivory silk Givenchy dress and the atmosphere as they all entered St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.

“Like so many, I have watched journeys like this with the royals travelling through well-wishers for Ascot, Trooping the Colour and other weddings but never before have I experienced it first-hand myself. We travelled for a few minutes behind Meghan’s car, going through that wonderful energy and uplifting spirit before diverting to the Chapel,” she captioned a slideshow of snaps of Meghan and Harry. “I can say that definitely it’s the closest thing to experiencing what the royal family sees every time they drive into the crowds, truly quite extraordinary feeling that patriotic love. It was an exciting precursor to the arrival at the side of the chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.”

Waight Keller then went on to remember how she was amazed to see so many people lined up around the venue.

“Thinking back to that day, there are memories from behind the scenes including the journey to the church and the official portraits in Windsor Castle that really stand out in my memory. The ride in the car to the church was an incredible trip through a sea of waving hands, flags, and people from every walk of life. I remember the roar of the crowds, huge, thunderously joyful you couldn’t help but smile and feel quite how surreal it was to be faced with this vision,” the designer added.

Waight Keller has been sharing highlights from her time at Givenchy in recent weeks. Last month, she announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of the French luxury house following a three-year stint.

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Clare Waight Keller reminisces about attending 2019 Met Gala with Gal Gadot

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on the great time she had with Gal Gadot at the 2019 Met Gala.Last month, the British designer announced that she was departing her role as creative director at Givenchy following a three-year stint. Since then, Waight…

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on the great time she had with Gal Gadot at the 2019 Met Gala.

Last month, the British designer announced that she was departing her role as creative director at Givenchy following a three-year stint.

Since then, Waight Keller has been opening up about some of her highlights from her time at the French luxury house on her Instagram page, and in a sweet post uploaded on Monday, she recalled the day she spent getting ready alongside the Wonder Woman actress for the annual fashion event in May 2019.

“One year ago today – at the @voguemagazine Met Ball with the incredible beauty @gal_gadot it’s seems like a long time ago and a very different time from the one we are all in now,” she began, referring to the postponement of the 2020 Met Gala due to the coronavirus crisis. “The Met Ball is that moment for beauty and extravagance, individuality, personality and a whole lot of fun.”

Alongside a series of images of herself and Gadot with their glam team, Waight Keller shared some snaps of the Israeli star making her entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City while wearing her custom-made Givenchy couture ensemble that was comprised of a white cape dress, matching thigh-high boots, and a pearl-studded headpiece.

“For me the best part is getting ready, prepping, the choice of hair, make-up, the look and the jewels, in the Carlyle Hotel where most of the people stay as it’s so close to the Museum. I have to say personally it’s the private moments of spending the night with someone like Gal, talking about life, family, funny stories from our careers, what music we love, what films we watch, what our children are doing, sharing photos, all those conversations and more are the things that I love,” the designer gushed. “She is such a wonderful woman, mother, actress, all-round goddess. She is immediately disarming, uninhabited and hilarious. We had an incredible night.”

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Clare Waight Keller reflects on meeting ‘charming’ Hubert de Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on the time she met “charming gentleman” Hubert de Givenchy.The British designer announced earlier this month that she was departing her role as creative director at Givenchy following a three-year stint. Since then, W…

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on the time she met “charming gentleman” Hubert de Givenchy.

The British designer announced earlier this month that she was departing her role as creative director at Givenchy following a three-year stint.

Since then, Waight Keller has been opening up about some of her highlights from her time at the French luxury house on her Instagram page, and in one sweet post, she recalled the day she spent with the brand founder at his home in Paris.

“The meeting I will treasure forever. Two weeks before my first show with @givenchyofficial I had the true privilege of sitting with Hubert de Givenchy to talk about his life, his creativity, passion and his love and devotion to his muse Audrey Hepburn. Monsieur de Givenchy was regarded as one of the most elegant and chic couture designers of his time,” she wrote alongside a snap of them chatting. “In that meeting, he talked candidly about his love for them and the working environment of the atelier. He said it was where he was happiest. A master of subtlety and grace and certainly the most charming gentleman I ever have met.”

In addition to Hepburn, Givenchy famously created clothing for the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly, with Waight Keller noting that creating stunning outfits for his clients was “his passion”.

“He died only six months after we met, but the memories will forever be there,” the designer added.

Givenchy passed away at the age of 91 in March 2018.

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Clare Waight Keller reflects on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s ‘timeless’ wedding dress

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “timeless” wedding gown.The British designer took to Instagram on Thursday to reminisce about the emotional journey she went through to create the ivory silk Givenchy dress that…

Clare Waight Keller has reflected on designing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s “timeless” wedding gown.

The British designer took to Instagram on Thursday to reminisce about the emotional journey she went through to create the ivory silk Givenchy dress that the former Suits star wore as she stepped into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England to wed Prince Harry in May 2018.

“Two years ago today I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress. So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day,” she wrote, noting that she had to be sensitive to Meghan’s ideas for her dream wedding dress. “Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy. Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together.”

The stunning gown was accompanied by a sweeping veil, which featured a touching reference to Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

“Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty I knew she wanted to achieve,” the 49-year-old explained, adding that she was honoured to be a part of the “very personal ceremony”.

The designer has been sharing her highlights from her time at Givenchy in recent days. Earlier this month, she announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of the French luxury brand following a three-year stint.

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Clare Waight Keller recalls making ‘incredible’ silver gown for Lady Gaga

Clare Waight Keller has fondly recalled the time she collaborated with Lady Gaga on a red carpet gown.The British designer, who announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of Givenchy following a three-year stint earlier this month, took …

Clare Waight Keller has fondly recalled the time she collaborated with Lady Gaga on a red carpet gown.

The British designer, who announced her plans to exit her role as creative director of Givenchy following a three-year stint earlier this month, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share one of her favourite moments at the French luxury house.

Posting several images of Gaga in the showstopping dress she wore the September 2018 premiere of her movie A Star Is Born, Waight Keller wrote in the caption: “Lady Gaga is one of those talents that truly surprises you at every turn. I had never worked with her before, but I knew whatever we did together was going to create an epic moment.”

Gaga’s dress was custom-made by Waight Keller’s team and comprised a layer of metallic lace draped gauzily over a strapless slip as well as a dramatic cape and train.

Remembering how she and the superstar had been inspired by the idea of “Silver Screen Hollywood from the ’30s, utter glamour and goddess beauty”, the designer was pleased with the mercurial finish of the dress, which she reminisced as “almost like the whole look had literally been dipped in silver”.

As well as the ensemble itself, Waight Keller adored the experience of working with Gaga.

“Lady Gaga is extraordinary in so many ways, as an artist, actress, singer, producer, activist, and businesswoman an icon of putting a love of creativity and passion behind everything she does and making us all sit up and look as she makes those moments happen,” the 49-year-old gushed.

Alongside the photos of the Born This Way hitmaker, Waight Keller also shared snaps of the gown’s last fitting on a stand-in model, and several haute couture pieces that inspired it, noting the dress and cape “took several weeks to painstaking make but the results were incredible”.

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Louis Vuitton making face masks and hospital gowns amid coronavirus crisis

Louis Vuitton has reopened one of its ateliers to begin making face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have altered…

Louis Vuitton has reopened one of its ateliers to begin making face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have altered workshops so they can now manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and frontline workers.

“Louis Vuitton announces the production of thousands of hospital gowns to be donated to frontline medical staff within the Parisian hospital network AP-HP,” a brand spokesperson commented, referring to Assistance Publique – Hopitaux de Paris hospital trust. “These gowns will be created by volunteers at the Maison’s headquarters for six Parisian hospitals in urgent need of protective gear. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to fight this global pandemic.”

In addition, Louis Vuitton has begun producing non-medical masks approved by authorities at six of its workshops. Around 300 leather goods artisans are working to meet a government request for alternative non-medical barrier masks to help stop the spread of the virus.

“In partnership with the Mode Grande Ouest textile network, this initiative will donate the much-needed protective gear to frontline healthcare workers. Thank you to the hundreds of artisans who have volunteered to create these masks, as well as everyone doing their part to fight this global pandemic,” they added.

In addition, other houses within the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) conglomerate are also undertaking actions to help aid health workers.

The perfumes and cosmetics production sites of Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy have been retooled so they can make large quantities of hand sanitiser gel for hospitals, while volunteer staff at the Dior workshop in Redon, Brittany are making non-surgical face masks.

Europe is now the epicentre of the pandemic, with France among the most affected nations – with approximately 94,000 active cases and 14,900 deaths.

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Clare Waight Keller exiting Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci. However, a represent…

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.

The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci.

However, a representative for Givenchy announced on Instagram on Friday that Waight Keller was exiting her role.

“The house of Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller announce the end of their collaboration,” they wrote. “Givenchy wants to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her creative leadership, in contribution to our latest chapter.”

During her tenure, Waight Keller built up a reputation for her classic and elegant designs, and on occasion, scoured the late Hubert de Givenchy’s archives for inspiration.

She also designed the custom-made white dress worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

Confirming the news on her own Instagram page, Waight Keller extended her “heartfelt thanks” to her entire team at the label.

“I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between,” the 49-year-old noted. “Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art. See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe.”

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LVMH to make hand sanitiser for hospitals amid coronavirus crisis

Employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals.In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis in France and around the world, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault has in…

Employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals.

In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis in France and around the world, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault has instructed bosses at LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, including those who make products for Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy, to prepare sites to begin making “substantial quantities” of hydroalcoholic gel.

The gel will be delivered free of charge to French health authorities and those working at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, a network of teaching hospitals that treats more than eight million patients per year.

“Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of a lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the spread of the virus,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “LVMH will continue to honour this commitment for as long as necessary, in connection with the French health authorities.”

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the Covid-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,600 people have died.

In France, leaders have introduced sweeping restrictions across the nation, with cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and many non-essential stores now closed, while pharmacies have restricted customers to one bottle of sanitiser per person.

There has been over 5,400 coronavirus cases reported in the country, with 127 deaths.

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