Riccardo Tisci is leaving Givenchy and former Chloe creative director Clare Waight Keller is taking up the artistic director position. The French design house confirmed his departure exclusively to WWD, noting that his last collections were January's fall-winter 2017 men’s wear and fall 2017 couture. Sources described the parting as mutual and amicable, the separation was effective January 31, following the expiration of his latest employment agreement.
In a statement, Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Givenchy’s parent company, said: “The chapter Riccardo Tisci has written with the house of Givenchy over the last 12 years represents an incredible vision to sustain its continuous success, and I would like to warmly thank him for his core contribution to the house’s development.”
Ticsi, himself, 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.”
Sources reported in January that the Versace has made overtures to Tisci in recent months. Sources said any contact between Versace and Tisci would be delicate, given his close relationship with Donatella Versace, which culminated with her appearing in Givenchy’s fall 2015 campaign. No appointment has been made to date.
Givenchy confirmed in an Instagram post on Thursday that Waight Keller will replace Tisci. Per WWD, "Waight Keller joined Chloé in 2011 after a six-year stint designing Pringle of Scotland. A calm, soft-spoken woman with a ready smile, she brought a sure and steady hand to the house, rejuvenating its ready-to-wear and accessories business and winning largely positive reviews for her collections."