BREAKING: Ricardo Tisci Steps Down as Creative Director of Givenchy

Creative Director of the fashion house Givenchy, Ricardo Tisci, has declined to renew his contract. Hence, as of 31st of January, Tisci’s time at the esteemed brand came to an end after a twelve-year tenure at the LVMH-owned fashion house.

Tisci’s Autumn/Winter 2017 menswear and couture designs, which debuted in Paris on 20th January, were his last collections to be designed for Givenchy. His departure will mean that the brand will not be timetabled in at Paris Fashion Week. Instead, Givenchy will be holding an exclusive showroom event for editors and buyers to view the next collection.

The rumour mill has already been churning out the names of potential replacements. The Guardian gave predictions for the next Creative Director of Givenchy, which include: Hedi Slimane from Yves Saint Laurent; Claire Weight Keller from Chloe; and Oliver Rousteing from Balmain.

Judging by the reaction from the industry community, Tisci will be sorely missed. However, it may not be long before we bear witness to his creative genius once more. There has been a lot of speculation about Tisci potentially assuming a position at Versace.

Since Tisci began as Creative Director in 2005, Givenchy has expanded by over six-fold. Tisci’s injection of streetwear themes has said to have been a major cause of this exponential growth of the brand and it’s resulting successes. His affiliation with Pat McGrath, which has caused the escalation of kiss curls, facial jewellery and crystal masks, is said to be another factor.

Through his time at Givenchy, Tisci has become renowned for his excellent design credentials, as well as, his alternate selection of models for campaigns and shows. When Lea T modelled the Givenchy Autumn/ Winter 2010 collection, Tisci received high praise for daring to break industry norms with a transgender model. However, his move to appoint the designer of a competing brand – Donatella Versace – as a model for his campaign in 2015 was met with intrigue, suspicion and accolade.

Upon the announcement of his departure to the media, Tisci released the following statement: “I have a special affection for the House of Givenchy and its teams.” He continued: “I want to thank the LVMH group and Monsieur Bernard Arnault for giving me the platform to express my creativity over the years. I now wish to focus on my personal interests and passions.”

The world will eagerly await the announcement from Givenchy regarding the role of Creative Director. In the meantime, the world should reflect on the prowess of a modern artistic prodigy. I mean he did design the sheer dress that Beyoncé wore to the Met Gala in 2015, which deserves some major kudos!

Jo Grimwood

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