Published: Sat, February 04, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Riccardo Tisci Leaves Givenchy

It's official! Creative director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, left the fashion house after 12 years.

During his time at the house, Tisci brought in a streewear sensibility to Haute Couture, as well as champion both racial and sexual diversity in fashion. I want to thank the LVMH Group [Givenchy's parent company] and [chairman and CEO] Monsieur Bernard Arnault for giving me the platform to express my creativity over the years.

Tisci himself, in the same statement, said he maintained "very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its lovely teams". Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Givenchy, is leaving his role after 12 years at the brand, amidst speculation that he is making the move to Versace. 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.

The brand has confirmed that fall/winter 2017 menswear and spring 2017 couture, presented together in Paris on January 20, will be Mr. Tisci's final collections for the house.

Givenchy, in a statement said it was "a joint decision" not to continue the collaboration and that Tisci had officially left the company January 31 "after a very successful twelve year partnership". Instead, Givenchy will be holding an exclusive showroom event for editors and buyers to view the next collection.

The famous photographer, Mert Alas - who forms one half of the Mert & Marcus duo with Marcus Piggot - also paid homage to Riccardo Tisci's work for Givenchy, the photographers having worked with the designer on several occasions.

The Italian-born designer, who often dressed A-list celebrities like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, wrote a thank-you note on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of a sunset, thanking "my incredible team, the magical atelier and everyone who made these 93 collections possible and all the other insane adventures". In fact, Tisci was among the first to design for Kim Kardashian West, and he even designed her wedding dress in 2014. Donatella and Riccardo posed together for Givenchy's Fall 2015 advertising campaign.

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