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Designer Matthew Williams leaves Givenchy

The design house did not name an immediate successor, saying the coming collections would be handled by its in-house team

US Designer Matthew M. Williams greets the audience at the end of the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024, in Paris on 28 September (AFP)

By AFP

LAST PUBLISHED 02.12.2023  |  11:04 AM IST

Fashion designer Matthew Williams is leaving Givenchy after three years as creative director, the French luxury brand announced Friday, in the latest shake-up at the top of the luxury business.

Givenchy did not name an immediate successor, saying the coming collections would be handled by its in-house team.

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Nor was any reason given for the parting of ways, which is effective from 1 January.

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Givenchy CEO Renaud de Lesquen said Williams's "collections, resolutely creative and contemporary, have sparked a new dynamic and found their audience".

Williams described his time as creative director as "the dream of a lifetime" in the statement.

Having worked with the likes of Kanye West and Lady Gaga, the heavily-tattooed US designer brought an element of street cred to the fabled French brand.

But its parent group, LVMH, has been tight-lipped about Givenchy's sales performance under Williams.

It noted the success of his "U-Lock" jacket and "Voyou" bag this year, but analysts say it failed to match the growth of other brands in the group such as Louis Vuitton and Celine.

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