Good things eventually have to come to an end. The news that has sent ripples through the fashion industry is Riccardo Tisci’s departure from Givenchy after 12 years. His next stop? Possibly to Italian house Versace. After a 12-year stint with the French fashion Maison, Tisci bade his goodbye with the Fall/Winter 2017 Men’s collection during Paris Fashion Week as a parting gift.
WWD reported that the parting was mutual and amicable according to sources, and the separation was effective on 31 Jan following the expiration of his latest employment contract. Tisci’s departure has intensified the speculation that he is heading to Versace. The Milan-based house is said to have been chasing Tisci, who has been a long time admirer of the works of late Gianni Versace and a close friend to Donatella, who made an appearance in a Givenchy ad campaign in 2015.
Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Givenchy’s parent, sung praises of Tisci and his accomplishments. “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 is extremely grateful too. He said, “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.”