When Riccardo Tisci stepped down from the top role at Givenchy in February 2017, rumors immediately started swirling about his next move. In the 12 years that he served as the artistic director of the French house, he not only turned it into a celebrity favorite (and turned into a "celebrity designer" himself), he also gave the LVMH-owned brand an edgy, gothic aesthetic that helped it churn out one street style hit after another. While he's kept busy with his Nike collaborations during his time off, industry chatter suggested that he was first in line to replace Donatella Versace when she eventually took a step back from her design duties. However, WWD first reported — and Tisci himself confirmed on Instagram — on Thursday morning that Tisci's new gig is not at all what many expected: Effective on March 12, he will be the new chief creative officer at Burberry, succeeding Christopher Bailey, who announced his departure in October 2017.
Bailey worked with Burberry for an impressive 17 years, during which he helped transform it from a once-forgotten British heritage brand to a fashion powerhouse. The former Burberry chief creative officer and president will remain at the company through Dec. 31, 2018 to "provide support" with the transition, though there's no word as to where he may be headed next.
Tisci's streetwise sensibility might be one of the key reasons for his hire; Kim Jones, the mastermind behind the Louis Vuitton collaboration with Supreme, also was a rumored contender for the Burberry job. "Riccardo is one of the most talented designers of our time," Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti said in a release. "His designs have an elegance that is contemporary and his skill in blending streetwear with high fashion is highly relevant to today’s luxury consumer. Riccardo's creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury."