Photographs by Mario Sorrenti, Styled by Edward Enninful
For a full year now, since Riccardo Tisci announced that he was leaving his role as chief designer at Givenchy after a 12-year tenure that saw him turn the house into a Beyoncé and Kardashian favorite, there's been speculation about where he'd head next. At last, the rumors can be put to rest: Just over a week after Christopher Bailey showed his last collection for Burberry—a tribute to LGBTQ youth that saw Cara Delevingne make a triumphant runway return in a rainbow cape—it's been announced that Tisci is headed for London to pick up where Bailey left off.
As the longest-serving creative director at Givenchy aside from Hubert de Givenchy himself, over the course of 93 collections, Tisci honed a style of his own over the last 12 years that'll no doubt make its way into British houses standard tartans and trench coats—which will definitely take a turn once Tisci's given them his usual gothic touch. (As well as a sense of humor, if his tweet after the announcement, "That's all, Folks!" is any indication.)
Givenchy is now in the hands of Clare Waight Keller, whereas before Thursday's news, things for Burberry were starting to look a little uncertain: Bailey, who spent 17 years at the house, announced he'd be stepping down all the way back in October, and until now there's been no news of potentials for his replacement as the brand’s head of design. He's still on hand at Burberry, meaning he'll be around to help Tisci make the transition, which shouldn't be too hard, given that the pair already share an appreciation for red carpet pageantry.
Still, Bailey's forward-looking see-now, buy-now approach was a far cry from looks like the Kim Kardashian’s infamous floral Met Gala gown, as well as the sporty gear he's lately been working on with one of his biggest fans, Bella Hadid. With Tisci at the helm, it looks like Burberry's set to transform even further than it had under Bailey—given Tisci's track record, to the point of designing tour costumes for Rihanna, Madonna, and Beyoncé. No matter which direction he heads in, though, Hadid and the Kardashians are bound to be paying attention.
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