Another day, another creative director switch-up — and this one's big. According to a report in WWD, Riccardo Tisci has stepped down from the top role at Givenchy after 12 years at the French house. Tisci will not present a fall 2017 collection at Paris Fashion Week this season; his final offerings for the brand were unveiled on the runway last month, with 13 women's couture looks incorporated into the fall 2017 men's show. (Reps for Givenchy did not immediately respond to our request for comment.)
In a statement to WWD, Tisci said, "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." As of yet, there is no word on possible replacements for Tisci at the house, though the fashion rumor mill has been abuzz about the designer's next move: He's allegedly in talks with Versace as it prepares for an IPO.
Tisci has become one of the most popular "celebrity" designers of the digital age. Aside from his dark, edgy aesthetic that ignited more mainstream trends than we can count (see: statement septum rings, gothic and religious imagery, t-shirts printed with bold graphics like Rottweilers and, on the other side of the spectrum, Disney's Bambi), Tisci was a red-carpet favorite. His intricate couture gowns — often covered with delicate embroideries, beading and feathers — were well-loved by the likes of Beyoncé, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and more. In addition, Tisci palled around with plenty of famous folks (he designed Kim Kardashian's dress for her wedding to Kanye West, for starters) and excelled in turning himself into a brand. This helped him to earn Givenchy's corporate Instagram account a following that's 7.4 million strong. (A not-insignificant 1.8 million people follow his personal account, too.)
Over the past couple of years, Givenchy's worked on building its brand awareness stateside — something that resulted in the opening of a New York store and a powerful runway show on the Hudson river in 2015. Parent company LVMH doesn't disclose sales numbers for its individual brands, but it tends to highlight the fashion labels that are performing well, like Louis Vuitton, in its reports, as well as point to ones that are struggling, like Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs; Givenchy hasn't been mentioned at all in the last several reports.
We'll update this post as more information comes in.