In the sea of collaborations between celebrities and popular brands, there is one that stands out. The legendary Riccardo Tisci tapped the iconic Vivienne Westwood for his first Burberry collab. Tisci just won’t stop shaking the world of high fashion. First, he announced that he is leaving Givenchy after 12 years as a leading designer. In an unexpected turn of events, he was then announced as the new creative director of Burberry. Now the designer pulled out another big surprise of his sleeve.
Ingenuity abounds in the Givenchy camp in the wake of Riccardo Tisci’s exit. The Givenchy fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection showed Paris Fashion Week the best of a collection done in a vibrant incredible shade of red.
This collection was created and shown during the space between the exit of creative director Riccardo Tisci and the announcement and installment of the successor to the role. Tisci has been designing for Givenchy since 2005 and made a big name for himself even under the fashion house with his inventive and beautiful designs. So what does Givenchy do?
The studio team compiled these 27 looks and created with the past decade of designs by Tisci a great interim capsule collection that not only works, but also is incredibly compelling and seems very suitable for the circumstance. This ‘greatest designs’ collection is well rounded, considering that everything from the top to bottom is addressed, clothes, bags, shoes and jewelry included.
The pieces range from daywear to eveningwear, party options and touches of interesting details. A favorite is the red (of course) tailored wide-legged pants with the sheer lace shirt beneath the inventively tailored long trench coat with a matching red leather handbag. The neck detail indicated that the ensemble was from 2016. From the fall/winter 2012 collection the ultra chic tailored coat is a stunning option as well, incredible looking, here paired with red leather gloves, pants and a set of red boots.
The Givenchy fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection showed off 27 incredible looks from the past years of Riccardo Tisci’s influence as the creative director for Givenchy. The looks are amazing obviously, as Givenchy really did continue to flourish amazingly once Riccardo Tisci hit his stride. Most of the creative directors in fashion are lucky to see five years let alone the stretch of Tisci’s reign. All in all, Givenchy is better for having him and the thought process behind this idea was brilliant.
Every look has a date shown somewhere so it can be identified, every look worked amazingly in this unexpected shade of red. There will be no lack of appreciation for Givenchy after this and the collection is certainly enough to tide us all over until the new creative director is announced and settled in.
The studio team really does deserve a round of applause for the amount of quick-witted cleverness they employed in the space they had to fill. The team is solid, smart and creative and a great asset to Givenchy as they have proved.
It will be interesting to see how the appreciation for this all-red collection will be perceived and utilized in the upcoming season. The incredible outerwear and accessories were the versatile options in a bold color that many of us have always wanted.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Riccardo Tisci has made no attempts to hide that he is a self-proclaimed sneaker head with more than one thousand pairs of sneakers. His love of sneakers is being put to our benefit as his collaboration with Nike has yielded a stunning design. Riccardo Tisci’s new Nike design ” the NikeLab Dunk Lux Chukka x RT goes on sale on February 10th, 2017 at Nike stores and online on Nike.com.
On Monday, Riccardo Tisci said: “I think the Dunk has something that’s very special. It’s grounded in sport as well as in the street-style culture. For younger generations, it can fit as many different styles tribes as you can imagine. I think it’s one of the most iconic shoes that Nike has ever created.’
His iteration of this iconic style of shoe will be available for purchase at Bergdorf Goodman, NikeLab, Concepts NYC, Dover Street Market New York and on Feb 23rd the shoes will become available for global release on the Nike website and with NikeLab retailers.
This is not Riccardo Tisci’s first foray into the sneaker world as a creator with Nike. His first collaboration with Nike was in 2014, with a colorful and tribal inspired design of the incredibly popular Air Force 1. His first collaboration on the Dunk yielded the NikeLab Dunk Lux High x RT, two sets of training shoes, the Transform Flyknit x RT, the Air Zoom Legend x RT, a Chelsea boot and the Free Train Force Flyknit x RT. All of these featured very aware detailing and deliberate accents and details that set the designs apart.
The intention was not just to make a beautiful shoe, but also to create a shoe easy to differentiate and unmistakably designed with other sneaker heads in mind. Where some might see a cool pair of shoes, other sneaker heads will see an intricate work of art and easily distinguishable marks that will add its own value to each style.
The new NikeLab Dunk Lux Chukka x RT features a big belly swoosh, exaggerated eye stay and enlarged foxing as another extra generous proportioned detailing. This portion of the design is similar to the previous Dunk Lux High, and also includes rolled upper edges, a lack of toe perforations and the Nike swoosh and RT logo placed on the heel.
The Riccardo Tisci for Nike Dunk sneaker is designed to be unisex and inspired by 8-‘s basketball and skate culture. Additionally he is collaborating on a new Free Train Force Flyknit, Transform Flyknit and Air Zoom Legend. He has already chosen Bella Hadid to model the shoe. Judging from the look of the shoe, you don’t have to be a sneaker head to realize that these sneakers are beautifully designed and will complement nearly any look.
Photos courtesy of Nike
After months of speculations, it has been finally confirmed! Riccardo Tisci is leaving Givenchy after a grand total of 12 terrific years as the French house’s creative director.
The Italian designer’s departure from Givenchy comes also after weeks of speculations regarding Tisci’s possible appointment as Versace’s brand-new creative director, as neither Tisci, nor Donatella Versace have concealed their mutual admiration for each other.
Speculations aside, Riccardo Tisci’s possible departure from Givenchy became instantly more palpable as soon as sources reached out WWD, the journalist of which broke the news revealing Versace had actually started chasing Riccardo Tisci back on January 19th.
Riccardo Tisci’s departure was then officially announced yesterday by Givenchy, the press released of which also stated that Tisci’s fall 2017 men’s wear and spring 2017 haute couture shows were his last lineups under the helm of the French mansion. If Tisci’s decision to step down from his position as Givenchy’s creative director could be regarded as unsurprising per se, the fact that those were his very last collections is kind of unexpected.
As we have seen with the many exits that broke the industry within the past twelve months, the fashion houses usually let the departing designers at least showcase one last collection, whether it is for the haute couture/ready-to-wear, men’s or women’s wear lines. According to WWD, which described the parting as “mutual and amicable’, the upcoming Givenchy fall/winter 2017-18 collection will be designed by Givenchy’s in-house studio teams and then will be sold to retailers in Paris as usual.
“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,” Givenchy’s chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault explained.
Riccardo Tisci also took the time to explain his point of view regarding the issue, confirming that the “break-up’ between the designer and the house was not a tough one. “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,’ he declared.
Will Tisci take the helm of Versace’s creative direction? Will he take a time off to concentrate on different projects? While we are waiting for the answer, let’s see who is still available for a position as Givenchy’s creative director.
Among the many designers who stepped down from their roles within the past months, Hedi Slimane, Peter Dundas, Peter Copping, Alber Elbaz, Clare Waight Keller, and Rodolfo Paglialunga are still left without a fashion house to design for, and all seem to be under Givenchy’s radar. Whoever comes next, he or she will surely have big shoes to fill in, as Riccardo Tisci left one big, stable and acclaimed mark on Givenchy’s history that won’t go forgotten for sure.
Photo courtesy of @riccardotisci17
The information that we have regarding the possibility of Riccardo Tisci, currently the creative director for Givenchy, being pursued by Versace is currently one sided. The information that we have regarding this possible title change is due to Versace’s expressed interest and the information they released. We are all waiting to hear from Riccardo Tisci on his future plans.
The well-trained Italian fashion designer has been working for Givenchy as the creative director for the women’s haute couture line, accessories and ready-to-wear line since 2005. Thanks to his brilliance with design and forward thinking on trends, Riccardo Tisci also gained creative direction of both the menswear and men’s accessories lines in 2008. He is considered a conceptual visionary who revitalized, honed in on and perfected the Givenchy brand.
In an expansion plan released by Versace, the Italian fashion house boldly stated that they “made overtures to Givenchy’s artistic director in recent months’ ahead of the IPO listing, WWD reports. What has not been said at this point is where Riccardo Tisci stands. Has the Givenchy artistic director for the past 12 years made the decision to go for the job with Versace or is he staying with Givenchy?
The speculation regarding the possible appointment to Versace is fed by several things, though no evidence is more clear than Versace’s own expansion plan and irrefutable statement that they are actively pursing him. Although Givenchy released a reply on Wednesday that the fashion house does not comment on rumors, the rumor mill keeps adding fuel to the fire with kindling like the close friendship between Riccardo Tisci and Donatella Versace.
Donatella Versace even donned some of Riccardo Tisci’s designs for Givenchy’s fall/winter 2015 campaign. This was a jaw-dropping development that people were not ready for. She wore a structured two-piece set with signature hints of Tisci’s style. We all know his work to be structural, creating lines and angles for interesting aesthetics while adding a touch of dramatic goth flair to most looks, especially the one shown on Donatella Versace.
Based on timing alone we can be certain that Tisci is currently busy preparing the Givenchy fall 2017 men’s show for the upcoming runway and that he is working on the winter couture collection as well. The revitalization and new implementations Riccardo Tisci has ” to his credit ” provided for the French brand is exactly why he is being sought out by Versace.
Versace definitely and very smartly is always on the lookout for the addition of talent that can help improve the brand. She and her family are committed to the successful legacy of Versace, with half of the board being Versace family members, so an addition like her friend Riccardo Tisci still makes a lot of sense. We can safely guess that although Versace reached out an offer to Tisci, it is a fair assumption to believe he has not already decided to go.
Photo courtesy of Givenchy
Riccardo Tisci proudly presented the Givenchy spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection in an idyllic plaza in front of Paris’s Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle on a reflective metallic runway adorned with balloon light fixtures. During Paris Fashion Week, runway shows outside can get pretty cold, so Givenchy provided silvery mylar wraps to all of the guests watching the runway.
As the runway presentation began, the crowd was treated to a variety of color combinations, patterns working beautifully well together and suits that stormed the runway with unbelievable tailoring and unexpected details from the top of the ensembles to the patent leather mules.
“It’s all about mandala, the strength of nature and the strength of spirituality,’ Tisci stated backstage revealing the concept behind his spring and summer creations, adding that “it’s a different way to see the world.’
Guido Palau styled all the models for the Givenchy spring 2017 ready-to-wear show with low chignons, where all of the hair was super slick and very shiny. This worked well as a look matched with the natural makeup looks created by Pat McGrath. The look was very elevated, and could be done in a real life setting without being uncomfortable in the least, as both the hair and the makeup were incredibly flattering. A quick study of the hair and makeup makes it possible to duplicate the flawless.
The dresses featured geode and gemstone color dresses done as printed overlays over slip dresses. The suit-similar looks were the best part of the runway show. They were interesting, clever and moved beautifully down the runway. The tailoring was stunning, the shapes and silhouettes were complementary even with the oversized pockets. The drama of the overall shape was accentuating to the models figures.
Wide-leg pants are flattering and accentuate movement, as well as making the wearer look taller. These staples are already set to be a trend for spring 2017, so it is no surprise that Riccardo Tisci showed a few on the Givenchy spring 2017 runway.
Accessories included geode slice pendant necklaces, pastel colored socks and patent leather mules in a variety of colors. The designs of the pendants Riccardo Tisci showed are very interesting, and much larger slices were shown than what many are used to. The geode slices were not negatively affected in the design, rather they allowed for the variation of color within each geode to be more easily seen and more changes within it displayed.
This was shown in a much larger way on the printed layered dresses, the design overlay boosted by the simple slips beneath to show off the color variance in each geode and how inspiring it is in each one. Next to the gemlike and geode prints, secondary colors were the star of the show in prints and groups of stripes and dots that came down the runway in great ensembles.
Overall the looks were amazing, and nothing less than what was expected of Riccardo Tisci and Givenchy.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
When Riccardo Tisci took the helm at Givenchy in 2005, everybody knew big things were about to happen. He gave Givenchy his unique melancholic and Gothic takes on fashion confirming his passion for mystique once again through his latest Givenchy fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection. Unveiled at Paris Fashion Week, the collection intricately mixes sensuality with both Egyptian and Tibetan motifs, marking a new beginning for the French fashion house.
Tisci himself revealed back at the Givenchy spring 2016 show at New York Fashion Week that his work at the Maison was about to drastically change. To emphasize such a change, he even made it possible for a larger audience to attend his shows, lessening the distances between haute couture and those who aren’t actual customers, but look at fashion as an inspiring form of art and would just love it to be more accessible.
We could thus regard the Givenchy fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection as an official new beginning and debut for Riccardo Tisci, who specifically chose Egypt to accentuate such a purpose. “Egypt for me is like the beginning of everything, for writers, for food, for everything. It’s been a long time that I’ve wanted to do this collection,’ declared Tisci backstage, adding even more anticipation to the show.
Aside from Egyptian motifs, Tisci also mixed Tibetan Mandalas and contemporary animal prints in most of his designs, managing to balance the overwhelming wave of ancient references with a mystical philosophy and a more modern twist on fashion. Most of the Mandala-inspired pieces also exude some clear Seventies vibes, as they look like haute couture Woodstock-approved garments.
Tisci, who remained true to his signature Gothic style, chose a darker color palette for this thrilling collection, alternating the blacks, burgundies and browns with softer beige, fire red and even white touches. As for the collection’s colorful geometrical patterns, they may be surely bright and bold, but somehow inevitably contribute to accentuating the line-up’s overall dark side.
Animal prints and hieroglyphic patterns peacefully coexist as well, denoting once again Tisci’s ability to create a perfectly balanced, controlled chaos. As for the cuts, lines and silhouettes, the collection is even more versatile and multifaceted. The opulent Egypt-inspired and animal-printed garments got enriched with modern-day interpretations of most of the Sixties trends, such as balloon skirts, bomber jackets and midi dresses, while Mandala-printed frocks could be inevitably linked to the hippie subculture as we mentioned before.
Bolero jackets, layered looks, and mannish coats could instead remind most of you of the Eighties, as they definitely play with an appealing androgynous sensuality. To top it all off, Tisci even added significant Nineties references with a few extremely well-tailored slip dresses and super-deep plunging-V necklines. Those who like less colored patterns can, of course, always count on Tisci’s total black proposals, which got further enriched with statement jewelry pieces and sleek fabrics, like edgy leather.
Although undergoing a fashion metamorphosis, Tisci’s Givenchy still manages to cling to some of the fashion house’s signature looks (such as jackets with square shoulders and knee-length ladylike dresses), proving however that to remain true to one’s roots, one doesn’t necessarily need to almost always doggedly propose again and again the same, as the precise old patterns and the same tradition surely can go hand in hand with innovation.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Givenchy‘s creative director Riccardo Tisci has again teamed up with Nike, and this time the design is to reinvent the iconic NikeLab Dunk Lux High pair. “The Dunk is a shoe that you can wear every day. It represents a performance sport icon and at the same time you can wear it to go to work and in your normal life,’ he exclusively told i-D, and we can now finally see the results of this exciting collaboration, which will be available starting from February 11th at NikeLab retailers and online stores at nike.com/nikelab.
It is not the first time that self-professed sneakers-addicted Riccardo Tisci employed his abilities as a haute couture designer to recreate an exclusive pair of shoes with the iconic sportswear brand, as the unconventional duo teamed up a little more than two years ago to reinvent the beloved Air Force pair. Named Nike + R.T. AF1, Tisci added to this equally iconic pair of shoes some fancy bold stripes, bright gold accents and a low-top boot silhouette that made everyone run amok.
This time he focused on the evergreen model Dunk Lux High, and began teasing us via his Instagram account less than two weeks ago. To give us a hint of what this collaboration was going to be all about, he posted a vintage picture of Sylvester Stallone wearing a Nike tank top, captioning it with a mysterious ‘coming soon’ statement. While some began speculating about a collaboration among the three of them, namely Nike, Stallone and Tisci, we now know that Rambo has more to do with the Dunk Lux High’s silhouette itself rather than with the actor himself.
The NikeLab Dunk Lux High x RT pair has a certain boxeur appeal, mainly thanks to its lace-up high boot silhouette, thick leather fabric and ultra-high top, the clean lines however giving the shoe a sort of unisex allure. Thick, of course, is the inevitable signature Nike swoosh too, which is going to be available in white, black or red, as the pair of shoes will be available in both black and white.
The white and red combo is particularly dear to the designer’s heart and memories, as he often wore that pair of shoes when he was younger and used to play basketball with his friends: “The first pair of Dunks I had were white and red. I’ve been representing the brand for 25 years. I believe in the roots of the company, and always have,’ he told Vogue.
Introduced for the first time in 1985, the Nike Dunk has now an haute couture meets athleisure makeover, which won’t be that affordable, as expected. The sneakers will retail for $300 but at least, unlike the Nike + R.T. AF1, you won’t have to wait months to finally get your hands on the actual pair of shoes.
“I like collaborating with Nike because it takes me to another place, which is different from my reality every day. Nike is an American company and very well perceived. The opportunity makes a big statement. I think it’s a dream of any designer’s to be in everybody’s home,’ he concluded, leaving room for us to think that this won’t be the last partnership between him and Nike.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
With exactly one week left until the fashion weeks kick off, most of the avid fashion followers are actively searching for ways of sneaking into a fashion show without an invitation in order to be one of those lucky fashion show attendees that have the privilege to see the upcoming fashion trends form live. Of course, when it comes to such world-famous names as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana or Givenchy, very few commoners have the opportunity to be among the guests at their shows, however, this time around you can be one of them! Riccardo Tisci is breaking the mold by taking the upcoming Givenchy fall 2015 runway show from Paris to New York in order to celebrate the opening of the luxury brand’s Manhattan flagship on Madison Avenue and, what’s more, he opens the show to the public, giving all the Givenchy fans the unique opportunity to get free tickets to the show on a first-come, first-saved basis. While the show is scheduled for September 11, 2015, the lucky owners of the tickets are supposed to fill out a registration form on givenchynyfw15.com starting with September 2 (today!) to be among the 1200 lucky spectators (note that the brand has already set aside 280 of the tickets for FIT, Pratt Institute, the High School for Fashion Industries and Parsons fashion students).
Of course, getting a free ticket to Givenchy’s runway show, the venue for which hasn’t been announced yet, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for everyone, unless you are a famous fashion blogger or It girl that has a reserved seat at any important fashion event. Although the free ticket holders will not sit next to the celebrities at the show, it’s still a thrilling experience, a dream come true if you are one of those devoted fans of the house. If you don’t manage to register online and get your free ticket to the show, you’ll still have the opportunity to follow every bit of the show browsing the #GRTnyc17 hashtag or coming back to check our review of the complete collection shortly after the show.
We surely are very excited to see the outcome of such a new way of organizing a fashion show, but still we can’t stop wondering why Tisci decided to make Givenchy’s show public. After all, Tisci’s decision makes luxury fashion so “non-exclusive’ and completely destroys the high wall making it so untouchable and unreachable. It seems like this has been Tisci’s dream to open the brand’s doors to all their fans, as he revealed to WWD saying: “Opening to the public was my dream for many, many years.’
Having grown up in a poor Italian family after the death of his father, Tisci understands what it feels like being deprived of a certain chance, joy, a dream that may die without coming true. “So that puts me back in the past,’ Tisci explains. “You know, fashion is amazing and very exclusive. But [I’ve long thought] one day I would love to do a show where anybody ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü which is the reality ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü could be a part of it.’
The choice of the city for this exceptional show isn’t by chance either, as firstly, the brand highly appreciates the American market and secondly, New York has always been a special city for Tisci, as his mother always told him that his father would always promise her to take her to the Big Apple, however, he unfortunately never had the chance to because he died very young, when Tisci was still a baby. Throughout his life Tisci always had the dream to take his mother to New York City, since he was the only boy of the family and he found it his duty to realize the dream of his late father. And he did this, but a few years ago, when he won the CFDA award.
When it comes to the date of the show, September 11, Tisci says: “It’s a very delicate day for America, and so the show is going to be a celebration of family and love.’ He then revealed to WWD: “On this day, what I’m trying to achieve is literally a celebration of love. Everybody has one thing in common, it’s love. Love is free, it’s for rich people, it’s for poor people. Love is love. Something so natural, so real. That is my point for today. I hope people are going to receive it in a very positive way.’
The much-anticipated Givenchy spring 2016 fashion show will take place on the street, which he doesn’t want to name yet, and it will be shown live at various Manhattan outposts as well, so the entire city will literally have the chance to watch it live. We hope Tisci’s show will be a success and will inspire many a luxury fashion house to plan similar pleasant surprises for their followers.
Photo courtesy of WWD
Time’s annual “The 100 Most Influential People” list for 2016 has now been released, with a plethora of this year’s biggest names. From political leaders like Barack Obama and Kim Jung Un, to public figures like Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie), Caitlyn Jenner, Melissa McCarthy, and Aziz Ansari, the list covers a wide array of the sphere of prestigious influence. Most notable celebrities on the list are Adele, Nicki Minaj, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who certainly deserves this title after finally receiving a much-deserved Oscar after years of great films and nominations. However, joining the ranks of last year’s “influential person” Diane von Furstenberg to represent the fashion industry are American model Karlie Kloss, Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, and Italian designer Riccardo Tisci.
Kloss has been named the “model millennial,” and as such was the recipient of a special profile that was penned by von Furstenberg herself; it seems only fitting as Kloss appeared as the leading model in her spring campaign. “As a model, a businesswoman, a young philanthropist, and a force on social media, she doesn’t just connect with her generation ” she leads it, inspiring young women around the world to become the women they want to be, just she has one so beautifully,” said the CFDA president and iconic fashion designer of Kloss.
The various work von Furstenberg referred to in her statement were things like Kloss’s YouTube channel, her efforts to promote women’s learning in coding via a summer camp program (she has beauty AND brains? What can’t she do?), as well as other non-profit work. She is truly deserving of her spot on this list.
Guo Pei and Riccardo Tisci, as the fashion designers on this front, have achieved their status due to their artistic expression. Pei is a couturier, and as such spends large amounts of time working to please consumers. The extra work put in has landed her in the spotlight, especially after the iconic yellow gown seen on Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala. Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Murdoch spoke over Pei’s contribution to the fashion world via a profile, which looked at the stats behind the gorgeous dress, noting that it took two years to product the one ornate garment.
As for Tisci, who was dubbed “fashion’s agitator,” Donatella Versace wrote a profile. “Riccardo is so brave and fearless, I sometimes think he must have Versace blood somewhere in his body.” His work as creative director for Givenchy certainly merits a spot on this list; as do any of the other 100 now-officially recognized influential people of the year. You can see the full list here!
Photo courtesy of @KarlieKloss