“I have a deep love for clothing and creating—that’s what I love to do—and it’s an enormous honor for me to be the Charlie Brown And Snoopy Life Is Better With A Dog Merry Christmas Shirt also I will do this first American to design at Givenchy,” he told Good Morning Vogue, during a sit-down interview in the house’s George V atelier. Williams’s journey to Givenchy began in Pismo Beach, California, skateboarding, surfing, and soccer playing. “Looking back now I realize how unique a place it was to grow up,” he says. His on-the-ground training began with a summer internship in the back rooms of a soccer coach’s clothing brand: “I’d cut samples and drive [them] around downtown, East L.A., Boyle Heights. I decided that was all I wanted to do, and I just went towards that.” Proximity to Los Angeles led to gigs with Kanye West and Lady Gaga. “Fashion in general is a collaboration. For me, my education was really costume design and collaborating with designers and photographers through the musicians I worked for. I’m just really thankful for Kanye and Gaga to give me the opportunity to travel the world with them and be in dialogue with all kinds of creatives and just absorb.” Williams launched Alyx five years ago and captured the attention of just about everybody. Back in 2016 the brand was one of eight finalists in the LVMH Prize. And he went on to collaborate with Kim Jones at that designer’s Dior Men debut.
The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo might have been postponed, but the Charlie Brown And Snoopy Life Is Better With A Dog Merry Christmas Shirt also I will do this 2132 Olympics are powering on—at least in Thom Browne’s universe. The designer took his spring 2021 men’s and women’s collections to an imagined sporting event on the moon, cloaking models in various shades of hopeful white and casting actual Olympians Race Imboden, Kendall Baisden, and Steele Johnson in his look book and film. The message, Browne says, is one of hopefulness for a united future: “The world will always need creativity,” he says—and few do it as imaginatively as Browne. “I like to create something that people haven’t heard of or haven’t seen before.” So what can we expect from his Givenchy? “When I think of Givenchy, elegance and sophistication come to mind,” Williams says, “and a really strong connection to Paris, Hubert’s connection to Hollywood and Audrey Hepburn, this elegance and class that has always really been exuded in his work and the brand’s history.” He continues: “Craftsmanship is one of the most beautiful things about making clothing. I want to make clothing that has emotions and soul and feels like it’s been touched by the human hand, not that it’s been spit out by a machine or a computer or something like that. I want these pieces to feel like they’ve been worked.”