Fashion Flash: Matthew M. Williams exits Givenchy

Fashion Flash: Matthew M. Williams exits Givenchy

The fashion industry is known for its constant surprises and exciting developments. From changes in leadership to collaborations and celebrity endorsements, there’s always something new to discuss. Recently, we’ve seen the debut of Daniel Lee at Burberry and Pharrell Williams as the latest creative director for Louis Vuitton menswear.

In addition to these high-level changes, there are also exciting collaborations that capture the attention of fashion enthusiasts. This year alone, we’ve witnessed Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, the Mugler x H&M collection, and Nike’s highly anticipated Kwondo 1 ‘Panda’ with Peaceminusone, G-dragon’s fashion label.

If you’ve missed out on any recent fashion news, don’t worry. Vogue Singapore has you covered with their roundup. This week, there have been announcements of celebrity ambassadors, including Tang Wei for Burberry and Nicole Kidman for Balenciaga. There have also been executive changes, such as Matthew M. Williams bidding farewell to Givenchy after three years as creative director. In the realm of technology and fashion, Samsung has partnered with Maison Margiela to create the sleek Galaxy Z Flip5, and Balenciaga Music has collaborated with Archive to bring NFC-accessed music to the forefront.

Stay up to date with all the latest fashion news below.

Courtesy of Balenciaga

Balenciaga partners up with Archive for an all-new music experience

 A new phase of Balenciaga Music is here. Together with English music collective Archive, an 8.5-minute exclusive track titled ‘Patterns’ alongside a seven-hour playlist has been dreamed up for the house. But the trick of the trade here? It’s only accessible through a NFC (Near Field Communication) limited-edition chip that has been embedded in tags that are sewn into Balenciaga Music | Archive merchandise. Launched on 20 November, this is meant to offer an innovative 360° experience, on which Demna has commented: “Balenciaga Music was created to share my favourite musical artists and their personal tastes and influences. We have now expanded this project to give a more personal and complete music experience with exclusive content and interactive technology.”

Courtesy of Burberry

Tang Wei is Burberry’s latest ambassador

Uncovering the new face of a luxury house is always a fascinating experience. In the past week, Burberry has contributed to this excitement, with its announcement of Tang Wei as its latest global ambassador. The Chinese actor, best known for her roles in Late Autumn and Cannes-favoured Decision to Leave, joins the house with anticipation for what’s to come. “Having known Burberry for many years, it feels as though we’ve become old friends, with its influence woven deeply into my life. I’m truly grateful for this enduring companionship. I adore Burberry’s distinct mastery of colour and lines, which exudes a sense of both familiarity and novelty. It’s a British charm that I’ve come to know and love, coupled with a timeless yet rebellious modern spirit. Fate brought us together. This friendship is like a rose, and I would love to see it blossom,” she offers in a press statement.

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Matthew M. Williams departs from Givenchy

Matthew M. Williams officially makes his exit from Givenchy after three years at its helm—where he has inspired a big part of the brand’s creative renewal, from modernising the house’s design identity to spearheading a number of notable collaborations during his tenure there. With the change set to take effect from 1 January 2024 onwards, Williams expresses: “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 LMVH for this incredible opportunity.”

Courtesy of Dior

Dior to stage its men’s pre-fall 2024 in Hong Kong

A long-awaited return, Dior is making its way back to Hong Kong, with plans to stage its men’s pre-fall 2024 show in the cosmopolitan city. It’s the first time the brand is choosing to unveil its latest collection in the metropolis since eight years ago. Whilst the date and location remains to be determined, it’s clear that Hong Kong has established itself as a rising fashion destination, considering Louis Vuitton’s first-ever men’s pre-fall 2024 show was also recently presented there. 

Courtesy of Samsung

Samsung and Maison Margiela collaborate on the Galaxy Z Flip5

The next fashion phone? A special edition of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip5, done in collaboration with Maison Margiela. This furthers the innovative identity of both brands, as they work together to deliver a high-tech device that incorporates the aesthetic influences of the house’s design codes. Where a semi-transparent effect comes through in a rear glass that shows the inner workings of a Maison Margiela jacket enhanced by a prism of silver and metal. It also comes with a Flap Leather Case and Flipsuit Case that captures the artistry of the atelier’s craftsmanship with its handwoven stitching and distinctive numbering design. 

Courtesy of Nike

Timothée Chalamet has created an exclusive ‘Wonka’ Nike Dunks

Forget the chocolate factory, Timothée Chalamet is in the running to open a shoe factory. As part of the Wonka press promotions, Willy Wonka himself has joined up with Nike to create a delectable pair of the sports house’s famous Dunks—so limited, there are only five pairs available. In terms of visual design, the new kicks convey the same kaleidoscopic vibrancy as Wonka’s candy-coloured world, and most especially the character’s signature velvet plum jacket. The usual Nike tag has also been replaced by a cool ‘W’ that stands for Wonka instead. For exactly how one can get their hands on a pair? Fans can try to win a pair via a giveaway from the Pure Imagination Contest, organised by Warner Bros. themselves.

Courtesy of Balenciaga

Nicole Kidman is Balenciaga’s newest ambassador

Balenciaga is adding to their ever-growing strength of house ambassadors. This time around, award-winning actor Nicole Kidman, joins the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Isabelle Huppert and PP Krit Amnuaydechkorn. As the latest face of the maison, Kidman also made her appearance at the brand’s recent pre-fall 2024 showing in Los Angeles, wearing a strong-shouldered, sculptural number. On her appointment, Kidman expresses her anticipation for the beginning of their official working relationship: “Balenciaga has been with me through some of the most memorable events in my life, from my wedding to the Oscars red carpet. I’m excited to work with Balenciaga as an ambassador and look forward to creating more memories together.”

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