Riccardo Tisci has announced his departure from Givenchy—a job he held for 12 years. Rumors about his departure started nearly two years ago, when he staged a grand runway show in New York. Many thought it could be his swan song. Obviously, it wasn’t, but there have been whispers about his exit since.
WWD reports that the designer’s last day was actually two days ago, on the 31st. Although Tisci just unveiled his couture and menswear collections for the house (and will be crafting custom pieces for attendees of the Grammy and Academy awards later this month), apparently he did not design a Fall 2017 womenswear collection. The range will or has been designed by an in-house team, and will be presented to buyers, however Givenchy will not hold a show during Paris fashion week.
Naturally, rumors are swirling as to whether or not he will head to Versace. Two weeks ago, WWD claimed that the Italian house was “chasing” the designer, although considering how close Tisci has become to Donatella Versace (when he cast her in Givenchy’s in Fall 2015 campaign, both parties had nothing but gushing things to say about each other), perhaps “wooing” would be more accurate.
In fact, Donatella penned a tribute to Tisci when he was named one of 2016’s Time 100, stating, “I am so proud of Riccardo and everything he has achieved at Givenchy as well as all his other work…Riccardo is so brave and fearless, I sometimes think he must have Versace blood somewhere in his body. He is more than just a friend to me—he is family.”
FU reached out to both Givenchy and Versace for comments, but neither responded by press time. As for who is to replace Tisci at the storied French house…that’s up in the air too, but there is no shortage of currently unemployed designers who could take the reins. Alber Elbaz? Peter Dundas? Some young thing we haven’t yet heard of? The whole situation smacks of last year’s Dior/Raf Simons/Calvin Klein saga (Will they? Won’t they? Tune in next week to see how far we can drag out this affair!), because the fashion industry loves to play coy.