We’re living in such uncertain times and with so much access to instantaneous information that there is a feeling of #FOMO that has somehow hijacked the modern-day attention span – you feel that you might miss something seismic if you look away from Twitter or Reddit or Facebook for even a few minutes. The twist: You actually could be missing something important, especially in the rapidly accelerating fashion industry.
Last week was a fascinating case study in just how many industry reports can unravel in a short period of time. From Nicki Minaj’s beef with Giuseppe Zanotti and the CFDA’s increasing frustration with Kanye West to Clare Waight Keller’s departure from Chloé and the widespread boycott of Ivanka Trump products, the hits just keep coming. While these items cover some of the week’s bigger stories, there were more that you may have missed over the weekend.
Although news of designer departures is so typical now that it hardly sends shockwaves through the industry anymore, it was still disappointing to learn of Riccardo Tisci’s split from Givenchy. Unlike briefly tenured creative directors such as Alexander Wang at Balenciaga or Peter Dundas at Roberto Cavalli, Tisci’s long career at the storied French brand makes his exit more sobering. He so thoroughly revitalized and reshaped the brand – which was on the verge of bankruptcy when he first arrived – that it is hard to imagine Givenchy without him.
Fans and patrons will be saddened to learn that there will be no swan song from Tisci, who cited Spring/Summer 2017 Couture as his final collection. An in-house team has been given the unenviable task of creating a new Fall/Winter 2017 collection for Paris Fashion Week, which is only a few weeks away. Rumors are already circulating that Tisci is poised to take the reigns at Italian fashion house Versace, but it is unclear at this time who might assume the head position at Givenchy.