Riccardo Tisci Leaves Givenchy After 12 Years

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.

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.”


10 Times Katy Perry Was the Coolest Girl at the Party

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She’s may have the eye of the tiger, but she also has the eye of every partygoer when she walks in. Katy Perry is just a fun girl; she changes the color of her hair as often as Justin and Selena break up — a lot — she sings about kissing girls, and jumps off bars in college towns. She’s the friend that always knows how to have a good time yet can uplift you and let you know you’re a firework. That’s why she’s always the coolest girl at the party.

1. When she poked her head out of tee-pee like a fun childish infant. JULIANNE HOUGH and ANITA PATRICKSON Host HARPER'S BAZAAR Coachella 2014 Private LunchPhoto: Aleks Kocev/BFAnyc.com

2. When she had green hair, wore 3-D glasses, a mesh top, and hugged Alexander Wang.Alexander Wang X H&M Coachella PartyPhoto: Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com

3. When she had blue hair and made questionable hand gestures next to ‘Ye.KANYE WEST Fall 2012 AfterpartyPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

4. That time she had a hotter date than you. Street Style at COACHELLA Day Two [EXCLUSIVE CONTENT] - Weekend OnePhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

5. When she had a deep thought while posing next to Riccardo Tisci.MADEMOISELLE C Screening After PartyPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

6. When she stuck out her tongue to only reveal the best grill ever made. No.8 & Black Dog Present LDVHospitality's No.8 MTV VMA After Party hosted by Pharrell, Terry Richardson & Miley Cyrus - [ EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ]Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

7. When she was all rock-n-roll next to Dolce & Gabbana.The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating PUNK: Chaos to Couture - Red Carpet ArrivalsPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

8. That time she snatched the award out of Vera Wangs Hands.The 2013 DELETE BLOOD CANCER Honoring VERA WANG, LEIGHTON MEESTER, AND SUZI WEISS-FISCHMANNPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

9. That time Katy brought the biggest Chanel to the party. CHANEL SS14 Paris Fashion WeekPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

10. And that time she didn’t even get up to pose for a photo, cause she’s the ultimate party girl, sorry!MOCA's 35th Anniversary Gala, Presented by LOUIS VUITTON - INSIDEPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Are You Part of Riccardo Tisci’s AF1 Tribe?

Nike claims the buyers of their brand are separate from the rest, and it’s true–since its inception, the Nike Air Force 1 has been the “cool kid” symbol for basketball-players, street culture enthusiasts, and everyone in between. The brand has employed more utopian language to describe their newest project, highlighting and celebrateing the different tribes of people who all buy the popular Air Force 1 shoe.

This tribe mentality was reinforced with designer Riccardo Tisci, whose third installment of AF1s comes out on October 16 (and you’ll be able to get them here).

“Everyone in the world needs identity so they are all making themselves into tribes. They are more Goth, more pure or more punk, more rap, more R&B…You can have a million different tribes, but it’s always one thing that unites them,” Tisci said in a statement.

And it’s the Nike AF1, whose popularity leaps across social barriers of all kinds, uniting people of the world by sport and by brand worship. Dramatic langauge aside, the new AF1’s are pretty cool–more chic than Shaq — and we could definitely squeeze some room for them in our wardrobes.

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It’s All New: Balenciaga’s Store, Thom Browne’s Look, LVMH’s Fund: Today’s #StyleScoop

Catch up on the latest happenings in fashion and style:

Fledgling designers will have another shot at a helping hand thanks to LVMH’s new global fashion prize. WIth members like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Phoebe Philo, Nicolas Ghesquiere and Riccardo Tisci on the board, winners will be privy to their advice along with a 300,000 euro prize. The prize aims to find the fashion designer of tomorrow – without the American/British limits the CFDA and BFC place on their funds. Kenzo/Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim will join in on the search. The 30 semifinalists will be flown by LVMH to Paris to show their collections in March.

Alexander Wang bowed his new Balenciaga retail store in SoHo, feted last night by the likes of Julianne Moore, Joseph Altuzarra, Max Snow, Vanessa Traina, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. What to expect? Lots of green marble.

Love Thom Browne but afraid of a highwater? Fortunately for those seeking a classic American look, Thom Browne is expanding his offerings to include a new line – andt this is a little confusing, so stay with me – called Thom Browne. What about his other Thom Browne line? It’ll be renamed Thom Brown New York. The new Thom Browne will feature his aesthetic with a more classic fitting suit.

CFDA winners Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne of Public School are working hard on their J.Crew collaboration collection, and there’s a whisper in the air about a possible women’s line. Which is great news for women. Fingers crossed.

The fashion weeks controversy has been ongoing – scheduling is a nightmare for everyone, and it’s no secret that Milan has been the stickiest of all the cities in refusing to budge or cooperate. But this is progress – Giorgio Armani joined the National Chamber of Italian Fashion in an attempt to reinvigorate Milan Fashion Week. He still wants all Italian designers to show in Italy. But he recognizes the need for reorganization. We’re on the right track now.

On to more serious business, those working to improve safety standards in the Bangladesh factories have found some common ground and are moving toward an agreement. Good news all around.

Will Nose Rings Become The Next Big Men’s Fashion Trend?

Earlier this week we told you about Riccardo Tisci’s first men’s pre-fall range for Givenchy, which features graphic tees, animalistic accents, skirts over pants and something annoyingly dubbed “meggings,” which you guessed it, are men’s leggings. During their Givenchy Menswear Autumn/Winter 2013  show yesterday in Paris, they sent something similar down the runway, but with an added touch.

Along with plenty of pleated skirts, all of the models donned giant bull-like nose rings.  The New York Times Cathy Horne said of the look:  “The models all wore nose rings with dangling charms; from a distance, they looked like mustaches or, perhaps, a glaze of cocaine.”

Stranger things have become trends like actual mustaches, thumb rings, and hypercolor.  If Kanye West gets pierced, you’ll know why

Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to Design Kanye West & Jay-Z’s New Album

Kanye West is truly going H.A.M. with the fashion collaborations right now. After famously ditching the Grammy’s to attend fashion week, not to mention rocking Celine at Coachella, rumor has it he’s set to debut his first womenswear collection during NYFW with Louise Goldin. Now he’s tapped Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci to design the artwork for the rapper’s highly anticipated album with Jay-Z.

“Featuring numerous designs inside the sleeve and a printed poster, the album will feature artwork that sticks to the Italian designer’s creative aesthetics of ‘symmetry, lightness, strength, sharpness, darkness and 3D’, which he adheres to when designing for luxury fashion house Givenchy,” notes the Telegraph.

The official cover art for Watch the Throne (set to drop next month) definitely has a Givenchy SS11 vibe. We wouldn’t be surprised if Tisci and West collab further, whether it’s dressing the artist for his next tour or embarking on a capsule collection.

Donatella Versace Interviews Riccardo Tisci

Amidst the recent shuffles at a few well-known fashion houses, one thing remains the same: Riccardo Tisci is still the creative director at Givenchy. And despite rumors of taking over John Galliano’s role at Dior, we applaud the Italian fashion designer for maintaining his loyalty to the French fashion house he’s been with since 2005 – even if he has someone like Donatella Versace questioning his motivation. In collaboration with Interview Magazine, the head designer of Versace sat down with Tisci to discuss the elephant in the room, Italian pride, and the real Givenchy woman (hint: it’s Donatella). Read on for some highlights.

On the sartorial melting pot of his designs: “For me, there is a base, which is my Italian roots. It’s a strong passion for fashion, a passion for sensuality and dressing for one’s self. Then when I went to England, to Saint Martins, I was traumatized, in a positive way. It was that British sense of transgression and the dark. Then when I went to Paris, I was doing couture, which everyone was saying was finished. Bullshit! For me, in the end, it was all a mixing of ingredients.”

On selling sex, the Italian way: “I say to you sincerely that what I very much admire about the Versace maison, and what I am still trying to learn to do myself as I am still young, is that from day one until today, Versace is the peak of sexy but never crosses that red line into the vulgar. Many other brands that have tried to outdo Versace have crossed that line. But I think that’s what you and I have in common, Donatella, that careful balance. It makes me proud to be an Italian.”

On his muses: “My luck has always been how I’ve had a family of women around me, and I have women who are very close to me now—for example, Mariacarla [Boscono], Carine Roitfeld, Marina Abramovic. I have different women whom I adore and value. Everyone thinks that for many years Carine Roitfeld was my stylist, which is not true. Carine was like Mariacarla to me.”

On Donatella (and more Italy love): “Donatella, you are so much of a Givenchy woman! [laughs] I say it because I want the world to know. For me, aesthetically, you represent what the Italian woman is. There is always the American rock thing, the aristocratic, above-the-rest British manner, but Italy is at the heart of it. In fact, you and I have tried several times to do projects together. I would really love to see you dressed in Givenchy.”

On leaving Givenchy for Dior: “I don’t know what will happen. Sincerely, I feel sorry for John [Galliano]. But for this moment I am leaving aside all the gossip of ‘I am going here, I am going there,’ because there is a lot of gossip circulating and there always will be. I will tell you, in this moment, I am very happy at Givenchy and it is a moment in which I am bringing the game to the next level. So I tell you, I feel at home. It’s as if it were my son. I don’t know how to explain it. It would be very difficult for me to leave.”

Read the full interview here.

Givenchy Casts Albino Model Stephen Thompson

Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci has done it again, following up his groundbreaking fall campaign, featuring transsexual model Lea T., by casting albino model Stephen Thompson for the spring. Tisci told WWD he’s always admired albino people, saying, “They’re very near my world.” Tisci also revealed that the idea for his latest collections—and the campaign—dovetailed from a Robert Mapplethorpe photo of an alabaster Roman bust atop a stretch of leopard-print fabric.

The new Givenchy campaign, shot by Mert and Marcus, will debut in magazines in January.

image Lea T. in Givenchy’s fall campaign.