December starts with one of those news that spoil your day, especially for lovers of fashion, design, and avant-garde. Unfortunately, designer Matthew M. Williams has stepped down as creative director of the French fashion house Givenchy, as confirmed by the firm in a press release.

Three and a half years is the time that the American has been at the helm of the men’s and women’s lines, where from the beginning, thanks to his talent and vision, he rejuvenated the Maison and elevated it to the place it deserved.

The reasons why Matthew has decided to leave his position are none other than to focus on the development of the brand he founded in 2015, which he also creatively directs, 1017 ALYX 9SM. Of the departure, the designer has said: “Leading the creative direction of Givenchy was, as I said upon my arrival in 2020, the dream of a lifetime. Over these three years, I have strived to perpetuate Mr. Hubert de Givenchy’s legacy while bringing my own creative vision and I would like to sincerely thank the studio, Renaud de Lesquen, and LVMH for this incredible opportunity”.

Meanwhile, Renaud de Lesquen – President and CEO of Givenchy, said: “I would like to thank Matthew for all the energy he has brought to Givenchy. His collections, resolutely creative and contemporary, have unleashed a new dynamic and found their audience. I join all those who have had the pleasure of working with Matthew in wishing him every success in his next adventures.”

Williams will remain at Givenchy until 1 January 2024 and pending the announcement of a new creative chapter, the firm will continue to embody a singular and bold vision of elegance through its forthcoming collections, designed by the House’s studio teams.