Rumors have been swirling that after 12 years at the helm, designer Riccardo Tisci was planning to exit his role as head creative for Paris luxury label Givenchy, and today the news was confirmed by the Business of Fashion.
Tisci’s final collection for Givenchy was shown in January 2017 during Haute Couture Week in Paris. Because of his departure, Givenchy will not hold a runway show during Paris Fashion Week.
In regard to the news, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault stated, “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.”
Within the press statement, Tisci added, “I have very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams. 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.”
Part of the talk of Tisci leaving Givenchy included his plans to join Versace as its head creative though no announcement as of yet has been made related to a new role.
It is often said that everyone in replaceable but that’s not really true, especially in the case of someone like Tisci, whose talents extend far beyond his ability to design a beautiful garment. Part of his success was was a gift for knowing how to connect with a wide range of customers from the youthful sneakerhead to the wealthy lady who lunches, a talent ultimately rooted in having an open and endearing personality that has translated into widespread support not just form customers, but the best and brightest in fashion and entertainment.