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Creative director Riccardo Tisci leaves Givenchy

The Italian designer, who had injected his love of graphic prints to the designs one of Audrey Hepburn’s favourite fashion houses, has left the French brand after 12 years

Feb 03, 2017 | By Vimi Haridasan

Another day, another departure. If you had told us a year ago the Riccardo Tisci was leaving Givenchy, we would have been floored. After a string of departures such as Maria Grazia Chiuri, Raf Simons, and Hedi Slimane, we don’t feel the impact of it as much as we used to.  To cap off the week which saw Beyonce shock the world with news of her pregnancy (some such as Brie Larson were in tears), we awoke to news that Givenchy will be on the lookout for a new Creative Director to steer the brand.

While not everyone is Karl Lagerfeld, a man who has been at his role with Chanel since 1983, we do understand the need for creatives to venture off now and then to reignite their passion. One cannot deny the impact that Tisci had on the French fashion house that he has helmed since 2005. After 12 years, the designer has been credited with increasing the brand’s revenue by six-fold, something that few have been able to do.

While Givenchy had been known for its glamour, Tisci chose to inject his love of hip-hop and street style into his collections that quickly gained him a popular following. Following the news of his departure, there are rumours that the Italian may be heading back to his Italian roots to join Versace. While there has been no confirmation from either Versace or Tisci, it would not raise any eyebrows. After all, its is common knowledge that he is close to Donatella Versace, and even featured her in a previous campaign for Givenchy.

The brand has also announced that it will not be holding a show at Paris Fashion Week in March, as a result of Tisci’s exit. Fans of his designs can still look forward to seeing them on the red carpet later this month at the Oscars. Who will take over the reins of LVMH’s most successful fashion houses? That will remain a mystery for now.

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