Givenchy Hires Its First Female Creative Director

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Givenchy has at last replaced its former creative director Riccardo Tisci with Chloé mastermind Clare Waight Keller. The designer will be Givenchy’s first female Creative Director and is scheduled to begin May 2, marking the end of her 6-year tenure at Chloé.

Keller will be responsible for both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear for the brand, as well as all accessories and couture shows.

Givenchy chief executive officer Philippe Fortunato told WWD, “She has this great ability to break the rules and innovate without making a revolution. Her very focused approach will help the brand in building the ongoing momentum we have—and taking it to the next level.”

Today’s news follows the announcement that Jil Sander’s Creative Director of three years, Rodolfo Paglialunga, will be leaving the German fashion brand.

Keller and Givenchy both took to Instagram to announce the big news:

2017. CLARE WAIGHT KELLER. NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. SHOT BY STEVEN MEISEL.

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The journey begins

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Riccardo Tisci Leaves Givenchy After 12 Years

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After 12 years as Creative Director of the iconic fashion house, Riccardo Tisci is leaving his role at Givenchy.

The designer was appointed to the post in 2005, replacing Julien MacDonald after showing his own AW ’05 collection in Milan to critical acclaim. Tisci revitalized the French fashion house with breathtaking haute couture shows as well as luxury sportswear and sneakers. He cast Brazilian transgender model Lea T in his 2010 RTW show and subsequent ad campaign, as well as fostering strong relationships with muses as widely varied as Beyonce, Madonna, and the Kardashians. And let’s not forget that he designed the cover of Jay-Z and Kanye’s Grammy-winning collab album, Watch the Throne.

“I have very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams,” Tisci said in a statement. “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.”

Bernard Arnauld, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH, the conglomerate which owns Givenchy and hired Tisci after his Milan show, said, “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.”

Tisci’s last show with Givenchy took place last month at Couture Week in Paris. Tisci left when his contract ended January 31, and as a result, the label will not show at the upcoming Paris Fashion Week.

Insta-Critic: Givenchy’s Septum Rings

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The women at Givenchy, faces clad in septum rings and mustache-like facial embellishments looked appropriately fierce for International Women’s Day. The gelled-down baby hairs and dotted faces, in combination with the rich colors and use of copious amounts of velvet, and, of course, fur, gave off matador/royal vibes.

Maybe Katy went backstage for a toned down version of the runway beauty look.

Final look @givenchyofficial ❤️ #pfw #fall15

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Last look at Tisci’s Givenchy.

Old-school arcade games set the scene for the video game inspired collection.

The dramatic faces

Twice as Nice: Meet Carven’s Two New Artistic Directors

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Alexis Martial and Adrien Cailladaud. Photo courtesy of Carven

We’ve been waiting for this. There was talk that Alexis Martial, previously at Iceberg, and before that a knitwear designer at Givenchy, would take up this role — but now two Givenchy alumnae are confirmed to head up Carven. Along with Martial is Adrien Cailladaud who worked in accessory design at Givenchy, and more recently at Marc Jacobs. Said the duo in a joint statement,

“We are thrilled to be joining this highly creative Parisian design house. Carven is a brand that conveys a beautiful sense of femininity and freshness that we look forward to continuing into the next era. We are excited to be working with Henri Sebaoun and the incredibly creative and talented teams at Carven.”

Martial and Cailladaud replace Guillaume Henry, who left to fill the role at Nina Ricci that Peter Copping left behind for Oscar de la Renta.

Meet Riccardo Tisci’s Newest Muse: Julia Roberts

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Riccardo Tisci is shaking things up a bit this spring at Givenchy, more classic beauty, less Kim, Kanye, and rottweilers. We’re digging the new direction.

Tisci tapped Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot to capture Roberts for the campaign, telling Yahoo Style why the actress was his number one pick:

“I think that she represents such a mature woman. With each campaign for Givenchy, I’m always trying to make a difference. A lot of people see Givenchy as only “haute couture,” or only “street and urban.” For me, Julia is many things. She has this strength as an actress, but she’s also this beautiful American woman.  She’s a big star, but she’s not a paparazzi or a blog monster. It’s going to be my tenth year at Givenchy in March, so I wanted to represent the woman who is more mature, beautiful, talented, but also unpretentious.”

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Cozy Up to the Season’s Softest, Fuzziest, Furriest Sweaters

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Jackson O’kief (Re:Quest) wears sweater by Tim Coppens, boxer briefs by Calvin Klein.

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Ian Sheridan (New York Model Management) wears sweater by Calvin Klein.

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Fielding Lewis (New York Model Management) wears sweater by Fendi.

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Jackson wears sweater by Givenchy.

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Ian wears sweater by Burberry.

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4 Reasons Ciara Deserves Some More Fashion Credibility

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10 years ago, an album simply titled “Goodies” was released that included a plethora of amazing R&B hits and an array of candy colored velour track-suits. Fast forward to 2014, and Ciara is still relevant today– thankfully, she has dropped the matching sweats for pieces that are little bit more couture. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci considers her as part of his #family and she’s become a reoccurring figure on the front row scene. One look at her Instagram and you’ll mistake the self-made recording artist for a pampered billionaire’s daughter that mingles with the royals. It’s time for Ciara’s 2005 Teen Vogue cover to finish style school and graduate to Vogue, because lets face it, Ciara is the real deal.

Exhibit A: Front row at Givenchy, wearing Givenchy. David-X-Prutting_BFAnycPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

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Like any other fashion darling, a front row presence is essential to sealing the deal. Miss Ciara is not too shabby considering she’s sat front row at the Givenchy show multiple years in a row. Her relationship with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is far more than air kisses — he considers her part of his #family. The #family that also includes Vogue cover star Kim Kardashian.

Exhibit B: She’s got Ralph Lauren’s approval. Leandro-Justen_BFAnycPhoto: Leandro Justen/BFAnyc.com Remember when Polo Ralph Lauren projected a fashion show in the middle of New York fashion week in the middle of Central Park on a waterfall? Remember how jealous you were that you weren’t there? Well Ciara was, and she was wearing a custom Polo top, name embossed of course.

Exhibit C: She’s got friends. Matteo-Prandoni_BFAnycPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Models Joan Smalls and Cara Delevingne, artist Marina Abramovic, jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher, and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, just to name a few. Ciara mingles with some of hottest names in fashion and art. They all can’t get enough of her goodies.

Exhibit D: The girl can wear the clothes. Matteo-PrandoniPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Lets face it, Ciara was blessed with a body of a goddess that any designer would be crazy not to throw gowns at. Ciara can look fresh in a potato sack… which I’m sure Margiela would gladly provide.

Watch Kendall Jenner Work It in a New Givenchy Campaign Video

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Last week, Kardashian baby and newish-ly minted model Kendall Jenner appeared in Givenchy’s fall ad campaign, and now she’s showing up alongside models like Jamie Bochert and Mariacarla Boscono in the campaign’s video with music by The Martinez Brothers. Watch it here:

Tell me that doesn’t remind you of another fashion campaign video from a few years ago; Lanvin’s fall 2011 campaign video featuring Raquel Zimmermann and Karen Elson busting moves to Pitbull.

TBH, I watched the Lanvin video approx. 90 million times when it came out, and I’m not sure how compelled I’ll be to press play on the Givenchy vid again. So who do you think wore it better?

See Kendall Jenner, Harry Brant II, and Models in the Givenchy Fall 2014 Campaign

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Rihanna, Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, and Kanye West backstage at the fall 2014 Givenchy show. Photo via WireImage

As if walking in Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, posing for LOVEVogue, and more weren’t legitimizing enough, Kendall Jenner has gone and landed herself a spot in the fall 2014 Givenchy campaign.

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The Kardashian sister appears in the Mert and Marcus lensed ad alongside models Mariacarla Boscono and Jamie Bouhert (seated, center, lingerie-d) and model spawn Harry Brant II.