Riccardo Tisci has been the name on everybody’s lips since John Galliano was ousted at the house of Dior and his namesake label. But we haven’t heard much about the designer himself of late due to the overshadowing rumors that he will be named Galliano’s replacement.
Luckily, in Interview mag’s June issue, Tisci has a lengthy interview conducted by fellow Italian-born designer Donatella Versace. The two gush over how much they love one another’s work, talk music, family, and yes, Dior.
Here are some of the highlights:
Tisci says that he grew up with eight sisters, so he really appreciates strong women. “For a designer—especially a male designer—he absolutely has to have that female voice by his side, which he listens to, he filters, he digests. It’s a huge need, because when you see through the eyes of a man, you see a woman a certain way, and how they have little tricks of their own.” This type of woman, much like Donatella herself, he says, inspired his fall collection for Givenchy.
The designer is a huge fan of rapper Nicki Minaj. “As a little kid from Southern Italy, not from a wealthy family, it was always my dream to go to the Big Apple. You know I’m not one to listen to classical music. I am very much for what is American, but I also prefer the America of the ghetto. I love the Bronx. I love hip-hop and R&B. I love electro-Latino, Latin music, that whole realm.”
Versace and Tisci, both music lovers, make plans to go dancing in New York together–some place “less polished,” as Donatella puts it.
Back to fashion, Tisci assures readers that couture isn’t dead. It has simply changed. “Back in the day there were princesses. Today, there are still princesses, but she no longer rides around with horses and a carriage. She parties, she goes on vacation, she goes on boats. She wants to be dynamic.”
And in response to those pesky Dior rumors? “I will tell you, in this moment, I am very happy at Givenchy and it is a moment in which I am bringing the game to the next level. So I tell you, I feel at home. It’s as if it were my son. I don’t know how to explain it. It would be very difficult for me to leave.”
For the full interview pick up a copy of Interview, on newsstands now!