Fashion Givenchy Names Matthew M. Williams as Its New Creative Director He will replace Clare Waight Keller. By Alyssa Hardy Alyssa Hardy Instagram Twitter Alyssa Hardy is a fashion and culture writer living in New York City. She was formerly the Fashion News Editor at Teen Vogue and the Senior News Editor at InStyle. She recently launched a newsletter titled "This Stuff," which publishes twice weekly. In each edition, readers find timely commentary on news stories and current events in fashion, along with personal essays and musings on trends and celebrity style, featuring personal anecdotes from Alyssa's life as a fashion insider.Alyssa is a staunch advocate for garment workers' rights, and has a deep passion for educating others about fashion's environmental impact — tones that can be felt throughout 'This Stuff.' Her work has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, NYLON, Refinery29, TeenVogue, Ladygunn, Fashionista, and Allure. She is currently working on her debut book, a non-fiction exploration of ethics in fashion titled 'Worn Out.' InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on June 15, 2020 @ 11:30AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images Designer Matthew M. Williams has been named the new creative director of Givenchy, the brand announced in a press release on Monday. Williams will take over for Clare Waight Keller, the first female leader for the brand, who started in 2017 and left this past April. Renaud de Lesquen, CEO and President of Givenchy, said in a statement, "I am convinced that, with his unapologetic approach to design and creativity and in great collaboration with the Maison's exceptional ateliers and teams, Matthew will help GIVENCHY reach its full potential." Williams added that he was excited to take over during an "unprecedented" time in the world. "I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change," he said. Williams is a 34-year-old California native and founded his own brand 1017 Alyx 9SM in 2015. One year later, he was a nominee for the 2016 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers and gained notoriety through that. He has also worked with some huge celebrity names including Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Virgil Abloh. Alyx is known for roller coaster buckle accessories and streetwear collaborations with brands like Stussy. Clare Waight Keller, Designer of Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress, Has Left Givenchy The announcement comes at a moment when the fashion industry is in flux. The coronavirus pandemic completely upended the traditional fashion calendar, changing the way many brands are looking at seasons. Alongside this, the Black Lives Matter movement has brought to light the racial inequities across the industry, including those on the brand level. In the last few years, LVMH, the company that owns Givenchy, has made moves to put Black people at the helm of some of its brands including Rihanna at Fenty and Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton. As they continue to shift their leadership, the hope is any new appointees will push to create new, more inclusive environments that impact the industry as a whole.