Throughout the last half decade, Riccardo Tisci has recreated a house, reinvigorated couture, and reinforced his covetable style in all of his designs. So much so that he’s been making the gossip-rounds as the front runner to Dior after the whole Galliano debacle. When asked about those rumors concerning his appointment to creative direct the house of Dior, Tisci said, “I am happy here. For now, it is still Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, and I think that it will be for a long time, because it will be difficult to evict me from my house. I feel good here!” Admirable and humble, his answer speaks volumes about both his character and his design style. He accepted the opportunity to take over the house founded by Hubert de Givenchy because he refused to let his mother be separated from the family and put into a senior center because of money.
Tisci’s Italian roots are strong, in both fashion and family, which proves to be inspirational in creating a style both uniquely his and invested in the traditions of both his family and the French couture house that he has taken over the world with. For this chic of the week, Chictopia’s featured designer is the Riccardo Tisci!
THE NEW BLACK: TISCI’S STYLE
Riccardo Tisci’s style has always had a dark edge to it. He turned Givenchy’s little black dress into a sensual, gothic, and romantic black dress. His ability to understand his vision allows him to vary on a single look in many different ways that allows Givenchy lovers and consumers to understand the style and see it evolve.
Religion and heritage are definitely an inspiration for Tisci. Growing up with eight sisters raised by his mother, Tisci says his aesthetic is defined by their Southern Italian influence on him. Tisci’s style is shaped by his geographical and cultural diversity. Sexiness from Italy, dark gothic strength from his English education at Saint Martins, and couture elegance from Paris all add up to the unique look he has given the house of Givenchy.
TISCI’S TRIBE FROM THE STYLE GALLERY
1. Monochrome by Timber
→ Fall 2011 Givenchy RTW, modest and sleek silhouette with sheer fabric
2. Knit by Girlalamode
→ Black and white graphic, soft and modern, mummy bandage style shoes like Fall 2009 couture
3. Oscar by Lydia
→ Fall 2007 Givenchy, pale soft colors with a hint of darkness in shoes + tights
4. Ravaging by Kayture
→ Pleated skirt like Fall 2007, sheer and black like Fall 2011, mix of hard and soft
8. A Bit of Red To Combat Gray Skies by Markloveslizzy
→ Total red monochromatic look like Fall 2010
9. I Would If I was Yours, But I’m Not by ToriElizabeth
→ Resort 2011 Givenchy, pale colored purple shirt
While his style is definitive and completely his signature, his current collections for Menswear 2012 and Resort 2012 have been showing a much lighter and happier tone. When Tim Blanks asked him about the sunshine, Tisci says that he wants to challenge himself and his designs to find darkness in the light. The Menswear 2012 collection walked down the catwalk with men in birds of paradise prints, white tailored pieces, androgyny, athletic accents and, of course, another incarnation of the men’s skirt. This mixture of references and styles is precisely what Tisci does best. He says that the brightness is a taste of what’s to come for his next collection.
Because his silhouette and formula is so on lock, he allows his experimentation to become the shock value and creates exciting pieces for modern men and women. Rightfully so, the modernity of his aesthetic matches his strong philosophy. His loyalty to men in skirts, the women in his life, and the mixture of masculinity and femininity illustrate Riccardo Tisci’s revolutionary and all encompassing way of embracing tradition while pushing to the future.
SEE MORE → View past and present Givenchy collections at Style.com
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