Speculation of Tisci joining Versace arises as the designer exit’s after his 12-year tenure as Givenchy’s artistic director. The designer was credited with resurrecting the luxury brand through its years with dark, sensual creations. Sources say that the separation was “mutual and amicable.” The company has confirmed his departure noting that the designer’s last collections with Givenchy were fall men’s wear and spring couture, shown at the National Library of France in Paris on January 20 of this year.
Due to this departure, Givenchy has claimed that they will not stage a runway show on March 5 during Paris Fashion Week; the collections will be continued to be distributed to retailers in Givenchy’s Paris showroom.
Although the French couture house and Tisci no longer work together, the brand plans to work on his final designs, already having stars lined up for the Grammy Awards on February 12 and the Academy Awards on February 26. The celebrities include Meryl Streep, Beyoncé, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West. As this withdrawal is nothing new to the fashion industry, many companies have made changes in leadership in the past year such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino.
Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Givenchy’s parent, has in turn made the statement, “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 replies, “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.”
Rumors now say that Tisci might want to join the Italian fashion house, Versace. He is said to be close friends with Donatella Versace, and in 2015 posed for their campaign. As this may be shocking to the industry, looking at the style of Tisci’s designs and Versace’s image, this change is evidently recognized.