TIS THE SEASON. The upheaval changes of creative directors have yet come to an end, as the end of January 2017 marked the unexpected departure of Italian designer Riccardo Tisci from the helm of Givenchy
For those belonging to the older generation, the name Hubert de Givenchy brings to mind the elegant silhouettes of Audrey Hepburn, strutting with big sunglasses and a long cigarette holder in the early morning before a Tiffany & Co. store. That iconic look has forever imprinted on the minds of many women that one does not have a complete wardrobe without an LBD, aka little black dress.
Fast-forward to 2005, ten years after the eponymous founder of the house Givenchy stepped down from his throne, the then-30-year-old Riccardo Tisci walked into the maison, fresh-faced and barely recognized by the global fashion industry. But by end of January 2017, 12 years after steering the Parisian house, his goodbye to the maison had everyone buzz on the social media, from the media to designers to celebrities, all around the world.
High fashion in the 21st century is no longer headed by the founders of the namesake brands, instead the torch has been passed down to whoever creative director in charge. In the last decade alone, only a handful of those had been able to revive and drive long-running brands to a great success. Riccardo Tisci is one among them.
He had been instrumental not only in injecting a new style into the maison (he brought mysterious, gothic nuances and intricate touches of chola culture), but also in pulling the string of A-list celebrities from Hollywood and beyond. Even Madonna has fallen head over heels with this guy. His rather personal vision has made each of the 93 Givenchy runway shows both exciting and perplexing (still remember the Jesus prints for the spring/summer 2016 collection?).
Although rumor has it that Tisci is heading to Versace soon, he posted a beautiful note on his Instagram account, thanking the whole family of Givenchy and LVMH, the parent company, for their love and support over those years. To honor his great contribution to fashion, we at DA MAN would like to take you to revisit some of the best shoots we have featuring stylish pieces of Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.