Riccardo Tisci’s leaves Givenchy after 12 years at the power house. His departure was confirmed yesterday by the house, who told WWD that Riccardo’s final collections have already been shown at the menswear and couture shows in Paris.
“The chapter Riccardo Tisci has written with the house of Givenchy over the last 12 years represents an incredible vision to sustain its continuous success, and I would like to warmly thank him for his core contribution to the house’s development,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of Givenchy owner LVMH.
Despite this sudden exit from the power house, sadly we will not see him take a bow at the next ready-to-wear shows and the forthcoming autumn/winter 2017 collection which is set to be completed by the Givenchy team. The parting has however been described as “mutual and amicable” and was effective on the expiry of his contract on January 31st.
There have been speculations swirling for a few months now, that Tisci is lined up to take the helm at Versace. He is very close friends with Donatella Versace, even enlisting her for a Givenchy ad campaign, and rumours have it that his dark yet sexy aesthetic is a perfect fit for Versace.
While speculation over Tisci’s next move is not new news, the speculation over who should fill his shoes will now begin. A few high-profile recent designer departures – Hedi Slimane, Clare Waight Keller, Peter Copping and Peter Dundas could possibly find themselves linked with this new role, however unlikely, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing is already being mooted for a move.
Tisci has been the go-to red-carpet designer for a variety of celebs from Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian West, whose wedding dress he also created, and Beyoncé Knowles, to Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Meryl Streep. His unarguable talent as well as his celebrity pull makes him very desirable and fit for for any other fashion house, but he may be subject to a non-compete clause meaning his next move may not come for a while.
So what is the next move post Givenchy for our fave Italian fashion designer?